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

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

Worth Revisiting: Christ the King in Glorious Artwork

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

Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary

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

Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity

 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…… Continue reading Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity

Pentecost Revealed Through Art

Judson Studios St. Peter’s Basilica When light shines through stained glass windows, they can lift our souls up from our own narrow miserable awareness into His presence as we contemplate them Light is more powerful than darkness and beautiful colourful glass works of art can touch us with a mystical, heavenly light that moves our…… Continue reading Pentecost Revealed Through Art

The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

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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…