HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE: A New Look at the Annunciation

On March 25—exactly nine months before Christmas—the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish girl and told her that God would like her to be the mother of the Savior.  “How can this be,” Mary responded, “since I know not man?”Contemporary artist John Collier tells the story of the Annunciation in a fresh way in this painting, which can be found in the narthex of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.In Collier’s “Annunciati … [Read more...]

CELEBRATING THE ANNUNCIATION IN A BIG WAY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monaghan!

I wasn't really there, in the orphanage.  My imagination is at work and has produced, no doubt, a jumble of truths and conjecture and flourishes.  But here is the story, as I see it. *     *     *     *     * The boy was only four when his father, a truck driver, died, leaving him with his brother and his young mother to fend for themselves.  Try as she might, his mother couldn’t afford to keep her children in her care; and so when he was six she placed the boy and his younger brother in foster c … [Read more...]


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