Symbols of the Virgin Mary…

... Taking this month's theme of the rosary in a direction away from portraits, today's Rosary in Fine Art example is a still life by Dirck de Bray c. 1672.This particular still life incorporates symbolism associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: the rose, a rosary, rosemary, the thurible, and the crown.To see previous posts and examples of the rosary in fine art, click here. … [Read more...]

Portrait of a Widow at Her Devotions…

... Keeping with this month's theme, the Holy Rosary.Leandro Bassano, c. 1590 Widow at Her DevtionsThe newly widowed women prays before a painting of the Birth of the Virgin Mary.See previous examples of the rosary in fine art. … [Read more...]

Benedicta Chant CD Cures Road Rage…

... Have you purchased or downloaded Benedicta, Marian chant from the monks of Norcia yet? No? What, you don't like church bells and heavenly chant?I love that the CD opens up with the deep resonating peal of church bells, the Catholic call to prayer. That's what Benedicta is, a call to prayer. I listen to it most mornings during my daily commute. It helps with the stress and the road rage to have something calming and holy to focus on. I'm hestitant to call it music or mediatation, … [Read more...]

Will Remain Catholic For Beer…

... The question of why we remain Catholic has been asked of the Patheos writers, in response to Pew Report stating our numbers are dwindling.I'm not much for big word-y words, preferring to keep it straightforward.I'm Catholic and plan to remain so until I die and my big fat Catholic soul flies off to Catholic Heaven - the part of Heaven where the alcohol and fireworks are kept in ample supply. The existence of Catholic Heaven has been well documented.If I didn't leave the … [Read more...]

St. Mary Magdalene, The Penitent …

... 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...]

The Importance of Ignoring the Pope…

... I was waiting for just the right time, when Pope Francis gave another interview or said something grossly misinterpreted by the media, to post these comments. Guess what? I didn't have to wait long.Posted with permission:There are a few options in dealing with the pope and his strange methodology. I would suggest the logical possibility that has not yet been suggested.You can ignore him.As laymen we have very little power to do anything about his behaviour. And I agree … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

... 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...]

A Husband Who Asks For A Divorce and the Wife Who Doesn’t Buy it…

... I've been married and unhappy. I've been single and unhappy too. I've even been in perfectly wonderful relationships and been utterly miserable. There have been times in my life where I have been more successful and financially better off than other times and I can count instances of unhappiness there as well.That's because my unhappiness had zero, zilch, nothing to do with the external factors of my life during those times. Running away from responsibilities never made me happier, … [Read more...]

The Unsung Hero…

... another beautiful commercial from Thai Good Stories.The Thai text posted with the clip asks the viewer, “Why do some people have plenty of money … still no joy? This clip is not the answer. But it may be a starting point for you to do something …To find the answer yourself.” … [Read more...]