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...]

The Rosary is Manly…


... When I announced yesterday my plans to feature fine art with a rosary theme for the month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, someone noted that they would like to see paintings of men praying the rosary, specifically non-clerical men, because he was tired of the stereotype that the devotion was for women and grannies.I get that. Some rosaries can look like items of jewelry instead of the powerful prayer weapons that they truly are. So I accepted his challenge and found … [Read more...]

The Rosary in Art – Women Praying The Rosary…


... After a long hiatus, I've returned to resume regular writing on the month honoring the rosary, the devotion that brought me to Catholicism."The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and … [Read more...]

Fear Hell…


... To quote Fr. Longenecker, fear hell.Today is the option memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.Quoting the good Father again,It is sobering to remember that the visions of Fatima are not just the wishful thinking of three peasant children or the fanciful imaginations of ignorant children.The visions have been approved by the Church, validated by five popes and given credence by millions.Therefore we ought to take them seriously.Hell is real and should be rightly feared. … [Read more...]