At the Register: Maite Roche is a treasure

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   As a writer with children, I receive lots and lots of Catholic children's books, and nearly every time, I regretfully decline to review them, because I cannot deal with the way Mary and Jesus' faces are drawn. The best of them are blank and insipid, giving the impression that the Holy Family was dabbled in narcotics; and the worst are goony and pandering. Take it from me: transferring Spongebob's features onto a human body and slapping a halo on his head is not, in fact, … [Read more...]

Mary said “Fanks”

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From John Herreid, here's a painting I've never seen before:The Annunciation by Master of the Retable of the Reyes Católicos (15th century)Here is a detail, showing the Word of God proceeding from the mouth of the Father:Cross already in hands. Oh, Mary.And a short interview with my daughter, who is almost 5. I am not sure why the conversation started with a discussion of her rabbit Daffodil's  eating habits; and YES I fluffed at least two opportunities to clear up th … [Read more...]

At the Register: Mary as Hero

She unmade the darkness. … [Read more...]

At the Register: A Mother who Looks Like Me

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Happy feast day, bio-mom! … [Read more...]

Mother to one, mother to all

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In-between shifts, social worker breastfeeds babies in Zamboanga evac center MANILA - For literally giving all she can, Evalinda Jimeno, a social worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), has earned the admiration of evacuees sheltered at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga City.According to the DSWD, Jimeno was hailed by the refugees evacuated from the chaos and violence wrought by an ongoing standoff between the military and a faction of the Moro … [Read more...]

Come see me in Vancouver, WA!

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I'm really excited about the Catholic Women Rejoice Conference coming up in a few weeks!It's Saturday, September 28, and the other speakers are Julie Onderko, founder of Catholic Finish Strong, and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, who blogs at NunEssential.I'll be giving a talk called "Beautiful Stranger:  Making Contact with the Mother of God."  It's about how someone like me, who is decidedly not one of those Marian people, learned to stop worrying and just let Mary take care of me and … [Read more...]

More hope for religious art

Elizabeth Scalia posted a link (on Facebook, not on her blog -- but she always has tons of good stuff, so check it out!) to this sculpture of the Annunciation, by John Collier:(photo source:  The Deacon's Bench)I know it's just about impossible to make a judgment based on a photo, but what do you think?  My first thought was that it made reference to the statue of Apollo and Daphne by Bernini:(photo source)The artist seems to be stressing the significance of the fig t … [Read more...]


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