Immaculata: from the Head to the Heart

Immaculate Conception Mosaic

It is often said that the longest journey is from the head to the heart. In other words, we can sometimes understand something intellectually, but until it gets into the heart–the seat of emotion and the seat of our will–it will only ever be a good idea. This is what happened to me with the [Read More...]

Immaculate Deception?

immaculate_conception

I had been on the path to becoming a Catholic for nearly twenty years. Coming from an Evangelical, Protestant background I had become an Anglican priest, learned to pray the rosary, understood and accepted the Catholic understanding of the Church, the sacraments and the priesthood. I spent a lot of time in Catholic Benedictine monasteries [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...]

Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

pray to mary

Do Catholics pray to Mary? It sure looks that way! But there is more to it than that. An increasing number of Protestants are ready to be more open minded about this controversial topic. “I’m ready to honor Mary more than we usually do” said a Protestant friend, “but I’m not going to pray to [Read More...]

May Day

maypole

We used to have a May Day celebration in the elementary school I attended in Pennsylvania. There was a May King and Queen and the little kids were the may court. They’d process out to Pomp and Circumstance and watch the other kids perform class by class. Some classes did square dancing or a little [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...]


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