For May and Mary

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May Magnificat by G.M.Hopkins MAY is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that and wonder why: Her feasts follow reason, Dated due to season— Candlemas, Lady Day; But the Lady Month, May, Why fasten that upon her, With a feasting in her honour? Is it only its being brighter Than the most are must delight [Read More...]

Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

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Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods [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...]

May is Mary’s Month

The Cowper Madonna

May is Mary’s month, so I’ll be posting images of the Blessed Virgin, apologetics articles on Mary, excerpts from my writings, devotional pieces. Here is something I wrote on first viewing the Cowper Madonna at the National Gallery in Washington DC: Purity is Power is from the Archived Articles section of the blog and is [Read More...]

Do Catholics Worship Idols?

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Now that the geeks at Patheos have give us such a snazzy new re-fit, I am going through and moving a good number of my archived articles from my website to my blog. I hope readers will explore the ‘Archived Articles’ tab to see what’s there. I’ll be updating it regularly with old articles and [Read More...]

Annunciation

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Why did those Flemish painters place the Biblical scenes in contemporary dress and scene? Because they wanted to say that the Biblical truths are as alive and real today here and now as they were two thousand years ago. Today the miracle of the Incarnation of the Son of God is a vital and dynamic [Read More...]


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