Art Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

This is not artwork, really. But, it is an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it has such a magnificent story! So, back in the day when Spain took over Mexico, the indigenous people of Mexico were, to put it mildly, not very happy with Spain. At all. Though the Spanish conquered them, they …

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Art To Be Blessed

To Be Blessed

Ah, the Feast of the Assumption! What a glorious feast indeed! It’s that feast when Mary enters into the Kingdom of God and embraces Her Son, the Christ, who has been utterly victorious! It is when she officially begins her role as Queen of Heaven, the Queen Mother of the triumphant Christ! There are many …

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Art Walking on Water

Walking on Water

As soon as I heard the mass readings, I grew excited. What can I say? They were always some of my favorite stories. It always struck me as wonderful that God would come in the tiniest of whispers, as He came to Elijah. And the gospel, of course, was always impressive — Jesus walks on …

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Art How to Survive the End Times

How to Survive the End Times

The other day when I was watching a lecture on Youtube, the professor made a joke that some people looked like they came out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. And then he paused, expecting at least some laughter. The silence, from the classroom full of millennials, was deafening. So, with no further ado, here is …

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Art To Be With Child

To Be With Child

I just had my first ultrasound for this pregnancy today. And… great news! The baby is happy and healthy! While the technician was peering into my womb, the baby flapped its arms and curled around and cuddled with the placenta. In fact, honestly, most of the pictures of Baby weren’t that great, honestly because Baby …

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Art St. Augustine at the Seashore

St. Augustine at the Seashore

I love this picture, if only for the rollicking seas and the lush beach. It is a beautiful place! But, not only is it a gorgeous picture, but there is a fantastic story behind it! As the legend goes, once St. Augustine was walking on the beach, contemplating the nature of the Holy Trinity. He …

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Art Happy Feast of the Transfiguration!

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration!

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration, everyone! Since it’s Sunday, here is the Gospel of the day! The Transfiguration was a BIG event for the disciples of Jesus. Before the Transfiguration, they followed Him and watched Him preach and do all of these awesome miracles. And miracles are awesome things! But, many prophets before Jesus have …

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Art Mary, Queen Mother

Mary, Queen Mother

One thing that is frustrating about older, sacred images is that the photographs of the images just don’t look right. Often, the artists who made these icons used gold and other precious materials in the paintings to give them that extra sparkle so that they gleam when you look at them — especially for icons, …

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Art How to Explain Pain to a Child

How to Explain Pain to a Child

One of the things that I wonder about as I try to raise my children to know Jesus is how to approach the Passion and to explain to them what happened. The Passion is brutal. It’s one thing to say, “Jesus died for our sins.” It’s another thing to read scripture and to imagine how …

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Art The Tender Father

The Tender Father

My husband is an amazing man, of course! I wouldn’t have married him if he weren’t. But, sometimes he’ll just blow me away and leave me super impressed. For instance, take today. I’ve been feeling under the weather lately — I haven’t been sleeping well and I’ve felt a bit sick to boot. This, of …

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