The Madonna of the Candelabra

Madonna of the Candelabra stamp

Back in 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp titled "Madonna of the Candelabra."  The stamp, which is still available for purchase today, is sold in books of 20 self-adhesive "Forever" stamps.  It features Mary and the Christ Child, with a lantern behind them.The stamp may have shown up on cards and letters in your mailbox; but you may not be aware that the image was edited to fit the standard size postage stamp, and that in editing for size, the USPS omitted some of the … [Read more...]

Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches

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My fingers tugged at the wrapper, and I held my breath as I rushed to open Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship.  I’d visited many of Detroit’s oldest churches through the years, and I was looking forward to reviewing this new book; but I was delighted by the explosion of color and fine detail on every page of this beautiful coffee table book, released in September 2012 by Wayne State University Press.“Churches and synagogues have played a crucial role in Detroit for generations,” said Nancy … [Read more...]

Neilson Carlin: Creator of the Icon for the World Meeting of Families

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"The scales began to fall."  Neilson Carlin is talking about his conversion to the Catholic faith, which was facilitated through the patient guidance of a priest and deacon who answered his many questions during an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program in 2000.  Carlin had not expected to become Catholic, but only wanted to know more about the faith which was so important to his fiancee and her mother.Carlin is a Philadelphia artist who now specializes in sacred art.  He was s … [Read more...]


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