The Assumption of Mary in Art and Word

Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of  Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; wherefrom the…… Continue reading The Assumption of Mary in Art and Word

The Trinity in Art and Parables

 1. The most traditional and popular explanation of the Trinity is St. Patrick’s description. The Trinity is like the cloverleaf with three separate sections yet part of the same leaf. I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness Of the…… Continue reading The Trinity in Art and Parables

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

Celebrating the Courage of the Wise Men

The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles,  to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me, Epiphany also triggers a longing for more of His presence.   On Epiphany, we ask God to not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes…… Continue reading Celebrating the Courage of the Wise Men

Artists Carve The Holy Family

  As a Canadian, I was delighted to discover Devotion to The Holy Family can be traced back to 17th century Québec when the first bishop of New France, Blessed François de Laval expanded the role of the Confraternity of the Holy Family, an association with roots going back to the very founding of Montréal. Modern Holy Family Sculpture often…… Continue reading Artists Carve The Holy Family