Missing Rome, the Vatican, and Florence? Watch the First Twelve Minutes of “The Agony And The Ecstasy”

It’s streaming over at Netflix, now. It’s one of the many movies that I never got around to seeing until now. In the first twelve minutes, you see gorgeous shots of St. Peter’s Square, as well as narrated details on all of Michelangelo’s sculptures. Really, it’s like a personalized tour, the likes of which most of us will never experience.

As the narration ends, and the camera pans across the rainbow arcing above the dome of St. Peter’s, you may even decide to stick around and watch Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison play their parts as the artist, and the pontiff. Check out the trailer, [Read more…]

“Variety” Reports That 98% Of Religious Audiences Gave “Noah” A Thumbs Down UPDATED

“It’s raining, Weathers, and it’s all your fault!”

Shocked. Shocked, I am. That folks who actually know the account from Genesis are disappointed when folks who , you know, don’t, and make a film about it anyway, comes as no surprise to me. Or as Variety puts it,  [Read more…]

For Poems Like This For Childermas

Childermas, by Peter Paul Rubens (1609-1611)

-Feast of the Holy Innocents 

Have you ever heard of Emily Hickey? Me either, at least not until just now. Born in 1845, she is a child of the Emerald Isle, an Irish lass born in 1845 into a family fathered by a Protestant Minister of the Church of Ireland.

But somehow she decided to swim the Tiber and she was received into the Catholic Church in 1901. Prior to doing so, her literary talents were well known in her day, her poems being published in literary journals and such. [Read more…]

For Dana Gioia’s Thoughts On The Vocation Of The Catholic Writer

Dana Gioia, formerly chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. now a professor at that other university in Los Angeles (USC)
Photograph from Wikipedia Commons

A lot of ink has been spilt these last few days since Evangelii Gaudium was published. Much of what has been said about it isn’t worth the pixels that have been wasted so far. The same old tired arguments from the usual suspects seeking to undermine any moral authority that Pope Francis is seeking to wield by his even bothering to publish it. [Read more…]

Your Chance To Be A Patron Of The Arts

Your favorite film producer here, with another opportunity to bring Christian Art That Does Not Suck™ to life.

About a year ago, see, there was a Kickstarter campaign for a situation comedy revolving around the life and times of, get this, a Roman Catholic Priest. The show is called Ordinary, and upon reaching their modest goal ($3,000), Timothy Quigley produced, directed, wrote, and starred in four episodes of what folks are calling the best Catholic oriented sitcom around. [Read more…]

The Great Battle In Heaven, Like You’ve Never Seen It

Great Battle in Heaven, by Daniel Mitsui.

And there was made a great battle in heaven, Michael and his Angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his Angels: and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast forth, the old serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, which seduceth the whole world: and he was cast into the earth, and his Angels were thrown down with him. —Revelation 12:7-9 [Read more…]

Take A Moment To Read This Bill Watterson Inspired Comic Strip

The words are Bill Watterson’s (creator of the awesome Calvin & Hobbes series) and the artwork is by Gavin Aung Than. Courtesy of Imgur.com’s r/pics, here is the whole strip. [Read more…]

What the Basílica de la Sagrada Família Will Look Like When Finished…

Photo © Rainer Walter Schmied/iStockPhoto.com

And you thought it was incredible already? You’re right, but there is more. Much more. [Read more…]

I Could Listen to Seamus Heaney Reading “Beowulf” For Hours (Requiescat In Pace) UPDATES


I shared what follows last summer. I’m sharing it with you again because this morning I learned that Seamus Heany has crossed over from death into eternity. Here’s a snippet from the obituary posted by the BBC. [Read more…]

Remember the Ruined Fresco? Cecilia Gomez teaches Us How To Make Mistakes Pay

The gift that keeps on giving…

I mean, that seems to be the takeaway to me.

An 82-year-old Spanish pensioner who gained global notoriety for ruining a fresco of Christ in a clumsy restoration has signed a lucrative royalty deal for the merchandising of her ‘art’. [Read more…]