OH NO! Crucifix Honoring JPII Breaks and Falls in Italy, Killing 21-Year-Old Man

The broken corpus is visible beneath the curved cross

A sad story out of northern Italy:  The corpus of Christ has fallen from a crucifix in the Alpine town of Cevo, crushing a 21-year-old man to death. The 100-foot-high crucifix had been erected to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to the region in 1998.  On Wednesday, April 23, during a ceremony preceding this weekend's canonization ceremony for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the 1,320-pound sculpture of Christ broke off the curved cross, fell and broke apart.The cross had b … [Read more...]

Go Kiss a Crucifix!

Kiss a crucifix

Pick up a crucifix, said Pope Francis during his General Audience during Holy Week.  Kiss it and recite this simple prayer:Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, Lord.The Holy Father reminded pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that Jesus's Resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film.”  Rather, he explained, it's the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation.In watching Jesus suffer and di … [Read more...]

Chagall’s Self-Portrait With a Clock: A Meditation on the Crucifixion

Chagall - Self-Portrait with a Clock In Front of Crucifixion - 1947

In 1947, modernist painter Marc Chagall painted a picture called Self-Portrait with a Clock.In it, the clock is centered at the top of the painting, like a blue bird in flight. The spread of its wings is reminiscent of the dove in Renaissance paintings of the Blessed Virgin. The hands are nearing three o'clock—the foreboding time of Christ's death upon the cross.Beneath the clock the artist leans, his cheek resting on the head of a donkey. Is this the sad-eyed donkey the one which once c … [Read more...]