Appreciating the Little Things is a Key to Joy

I received free cognitive therapy because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning with wonder and awe. Gratefulness is the key to spiritual joy, no matter how little we think we have in the eyes of modern society. In fact, St. Teresa thanked God for the Things she did NOT own.…… Continue reading Appreciating the Little Things is a Key to Joy

Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?

Ah, mothers. Aren’t they great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ Mums, who are in control, right? Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up acting just…… Continue reading Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?

Catholics Are Easter People

In fact, everything that exists and moves in the Church – the sacraments, doctrine, institutions – draws its strength from Christ’s Resurrection. (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Life in Christ, 67) Even though the Church continually invites Catholics to live in the Resurrection of Christ, many of us cling to our suffering. As a result, our spirituality is…… Continue reading Catholics Are Easter People

Where Do I Stand This Holy Thursday?

It is Holy Thursday, the night we celebrate the Chrism Mass. Tonight, churches around the entire globe will wait in prayerful vigil, with lights dimmed, all images covered with the congregation in respectful, somber silence. The Church is remembering the end of Jesus’s public life as a teacher and healer and walking with Him as…… Continue reading Where Do I Stand This Holy Thursday?

A Photo Essay: The Passion Façade at Basílica de la Sagrada Familia

  The Passion Façade, on the exterior of the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, is a unique portrayal of Christ’s passion. It is rugged and dramatic with a stark simplicity. The effect is powerful.   This church is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church designed in 1882 by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí combined Gothic and …… Continue reading A Photo Essay: The Passion Façade at Basílica de la Sagrada Familia

The Annunciation Through New Eyes

Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art.     Gottfried Helnwein     The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues through hundreds, why even thousands of years because modern artists are still fascinated by Mary…… Continue reading The Annunciation Through New Eyes

Modern Artists Capture the Strength of St. Joseph

St. Joseph was a worker, strong, capable but spiritual enough to see and hear messages from God. He was courageous enough act on those commands even though they went against all common sense. His young betrothed pregnant yet a virgin? A move to Egypt, the place of slavery in the minds of the Jews? How…… Continue reading Modern Artists Capture the Strength of St. Joseph