Celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord in Art…

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... Giovanni Bellini, Baptism of Christ c. 1500-02Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity … [Read more...]

St. Lucy…

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... Of of my favorite saints is St. Lucy for reasons too personal to explain. And if I tried it would probably sound crazy anyway. I do my own private thing to honor her but I always like to share some of my favorite artistic renditions of the saint.Related Link: Fr. D explains why she's such an awesome saint. Also, What Lucy Saw. … [Read more...]

20 Astonishing Images of a Breastfeeding Mary…

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... The human body is an absolute wonder. I find anatomical illustrations in old medical books as stunning to contemplate as the finest works of art. I'm awed by God's attention to detail.Speaking of the body as an example of God's fine craftsmanship... the female body is miraculous in it's ability to grow and nourish life.Some of my favorite images of the Blessed Virgin are of her nursing the infant Christ. Coming from a deeply Southern evangelical background that only … [Read more...]

Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee …

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... Today the Church recognizes the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor the Church.Bernini“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.” -- St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mom…

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Fine Art Friday …

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... Art for the Assumption. Better late then never. So just enjoy it ...Andrea Del SartoJose AntolinezAnnibale CarracciJuan Carreno De MirandaVolaterra, altar located in Santissima Trinita in Rome (been there!)Lippi, located in Santa Maria Sopa Minerva in Rome (been there too!)Lorenzo LottoPietro PeruginoGiovanni BattistaNicolas PoussinSabastiano Ricci … [Read more...]

If I Don’t Give To Beggars How Will My Charity Get Tested…

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... I'll admit it; I like facebook. Probably a bit too much. I contend it's not all bad. People request prayers, post nun pictures, and share inspiring quotes (yes, even trite cliches). You just have to take it for what it is and remember to stay out of comment battles and no one gets hurt.So anyway, Elizabeth Scalia was sharing quotes about the Church and posted this;One of the good things about a Catholic church is that it isn’t respectable; you can find anyone in it, from duchesses … [Read more...]

In Other News, Mary Magdalene…

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... I know it's an exciting news day. The Pope's in Rio taking a joy ride and throwing caution to the wind.Kate had her baby.But bosh all that. I have more important things to post about. Today is my patron saint day, the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene. The first penitent. The only other woman who was closest to Christ besides His Mother. Mary, whom much was forgiven. Mary, whose love of the Lord was profoundly great.Related: Mary … [Read more...]

Because the internet is not all depressing news and celebrity gossip…

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... There's some interesting stuff out there too.An Arlington Heights 6th Grader Starts a Prison MinistryTom Constertina, a sixth-grade student at St. James School in Arlington Heights, decided to donate his own money to buy Bibles for people behind bars. By telling others of his cause, Tom has inspired donations totaling more than $2,000, enough to buy 600 Bibles designed especially for prisoners.Being a modern young man, he went online and found Bibles called "Free on the … [Read more...]


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