St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …

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... Today is the memorial of my patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene.When I was being confirmed some people assumed my choosing her implied we shared a scandalous unseemly past."Oh, you've taken the reformed prostitute as your patron saint, eh? That's, um, interesting."No. I have taken The Penitent as my patron saint.The feast of St. Mary Magdalene is considered one of the most mystical of feasts, and it is said that of all the songs of the saints, that of Mary Magdalene is … [Read more...]

St. Ann, St. Ann Find Me A Man…

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... Or so the ditty goes. But St. Ann is good for other stuff too, you know.She is the patroness of mothers and grandmothers, unmarried women, women in labor, infertile women, housewives, miners, and cabinet makers.Yesterday started the Novena to St. Ann and my plan was to post this then, my apologies. However, it's OK to just pick up now and follow along for the rest of the novena.St. Anne Novena, Day OneGreat Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the … [Read more...]

Art and Nun Gazing, my two favorite things…

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A recent acquisition by Mt. Healthy (OH) native Elizabeth Nourse, a favorite with Cincinnati art lovers, is the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum this winter.The exhibit, which opened Saturday, focuses on The First Communion (La première communion), a painting of a nun and two Breton girls that hung in the offices of the Cincinnati Catholic Women’s Association for more than 70 years. The CAM purchased it in 2012.Nourse, who was Catholic, spent most of her pr … [Read more...]

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist…

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Bartolome Esteban Murillo, St. John the Baptist as a Child c. 1665From CatholicCulture.org; Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

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... I feel I'm in desperate need of a palate cleanser from the nastiness I've witnessed and endured all week. Not just on the internet, but in my everyday life and at work.Everybody's hot, cranky and fight-y.The only way to combat all the ugliness is to sit for awhile in beauty.Sit in it. Soak it up. Focus on the finer details...Anton Raphael Mengs, Dream of St. JosephTurn up your speakers and take it all in...Sit awhile with me here, in the stillness of … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday …

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... Gustave Jean Jacquet, La CoquetteMy word. Her hand is stunning.To appreciate the detail, click the image to view higher resolution. … [Read more...]

Listen to Him…

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Andrea Previtali, the Transfiguration Oil on panel Pinacoteca di Brera, MilanFrom today's Gospel reading...MT 17:1-9 Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three t … [Read more...]

Stunning Contemporary Icon of St. Michael …

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This particular icon was created by joining different types of stone together, called an opus sectile icon. You can see the artist's process here at Orhtodox Arts Journal. It's really quite exquisite the way this icon strikes a beautiful balance between ornate detail and simplicity. … [Read more...]

The Incense Burner…

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By HovsepPushman, c. 1921. Oil on wood panel, Milwaukee ArtMuseum - Layton Art CollectionI find this particular piece stunning. The color and fluid strokes. Oh my. … [Read more...]


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