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
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
The Annunciation- The First Joyful Mystery In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said:…… Continue reading Crocheting The Joyful Mysteries
In 1925, in an encyclical entitled Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemnity of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, as “the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ.” Pope Pius’s insights are powerful; in order for Jesus to be enthroned as King, he must first reign in…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Christ the King in Glorious Artwork
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter,…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation
The Gospel for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is the passage in which Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Beloved Disciple, both stand at the foot of the Cross.
The most important fact of her life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know? What further inquire would you make concerning the Virgin? It is enough for you that she is the Mother of God. What beauty, I as you, what virtue,…… Continue reading Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary