The Exaltation of the Cross

On September 14, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross.This picture, the Exaltation of the Cross, is taken from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry)—the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century.Dating back to around 1410 A.D., the richly decorated book contains prayers to be said at each of the canonical hours of the day.  There are 416 pages in all, with 131 large miniatures as well as elaborately dec … [Read more...]

Without Sin. Always. How Great Would That Be?!

“I Am the Immaculate Conception.”The young girl shook her head—she didn’t understand what she was hearing.  The Lady had just told her who she was, but it made no sense to Bernadette.  She had never heard those mysterious words before. *     *     *     *     * Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, the illiterate daughter of a miller, eighteen times at the grotto of Massabielle, near the small town of Lourdes in southwest Fr … [Read more...]