Closing Churches Closes Faith

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Architect Michael Tamara comments here on the closure of historic churches in the Northern cities of the US. His main point is that the churches were built by our ancestors who were much poorer than we are, but who had faith, knew how to work hard, and above all–were willing to make great sacrifices to [Read More...]

Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

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Do you remember that stylish film The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is “born again” and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone [Read More...]

The Temple and the Garden of God

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In reading Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet’s Jesus A Theography I enjoyed the second chapter the most. Frank and Leonard aim to show how Jesus Christ is echoed and reflected in every part of the Scriptures. They build up a full picture of Christ the Lord–not just by trying to reconstruct the “historical Jesus” (that exercise [Read More...]

A Medieval Madonna Caught My Eye

Notre Dame de la Brune

Twenty five years ago a medieval Madonna caught my eye and captured my heart. Notre Dame de la Brune is a restored Romanesque image of the Blessed  Mother. It is in the North aisle of the Abbey church of St Philibert in Tournus, France. This church is a fantastic example of Burgundian Romanesque. You can find [Read More...]

Mantilla the Hon on Modern Churches

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Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. Listen to me for a minute hon. I am coming back from [Read More...]

Chust for Nice

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The interior of San Marco in Venice. Go here for a story of how my visit to San Marco helped bring me into the Catholic Church. [Read more...]


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