Art Facing Death

Facing Death

Yesterday, as I helped my children up the stairs to our house, my three-year-old daughter stopped and said solemnly to me, “We talked with Johnny.” “Yes, we did,” I said, helping my 18-month-old up. And we had. We had just come back from adoration and, while coming back, we had met our neighbor, John, and …

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Art A Pot of Flowers

A Pot of Flowers

One of the most common symbolism that you’ll see in pictures of the Annunciation in Western religious art is a lily (or lilies!) in a jar or pot. For example! In this picture of the Annunciation, a pot of lilies is on prie-dieu, or religious desk that Mary has been praying on. In another picture of …

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Art The Parable of the Ten Virgins

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Remember Sunday’s gospel reading with the parable of the ten virgins, five of which were wise and five of which foolish? If you don’t remember, then no problem! Here’s the gospel reading! That’s… quite a parable, to be quite honest, full of lots of vivid imagery. So, I looked it up to see whether there …

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Art Where’s Jesus?

Where’s Jesus?

When I was a kid, I grew up with those Where’s Waldo? books. Basically, if you’re unfamiliar with the premise, a character named Waldo hides in the middle of an action packed scene and it’s very, very difficult to find Waldo! You really have to peer closely at the scene to try to try to …

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Art Inserting Ourselves in the Scene

Inserting Ourselves in the Scene

Medieval times were a different time, for sure! For one, home decorations were sparse. Unlike today, where you could just take some pictures, print up them up, and hang them, or perhaps go to the craft store and make something beautiful and hang it up, neither of those were really possible back then. If you …

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Art The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Yet another mass shooting has occurred — this time, the target was a Baptist church in Texas during their Sunday services. The killer killed 26 people, many of them children, injured 20 more people, and as the details came out (today, there was news about how he deliberately shot crying infants at point-blank range) my …

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Art Confronting Christ

Confronting Christ

The gospel readings on Sundays have lately been featuring Christ confronting the scribes, Pharisees, and other groups of religious authorities who have had an issue with Jesus. After all, the religious authorities realized that Jesus was not like the others and they did their very best to take Him down! Otherwise, they might lose the …

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Art Finding Glory in the Mundane

Finding Glory in the Mundane

One of the great things about looking at religious images with young kids is that they notice everything! My three-year-old daughter was looking over my shoulder when I was looking through my proof copy of my new book, The Joyful Mysteries, when she pointed to this beautiful picture of the Annunciation and asked that immortal …

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Art Happy All Souls Day!

Happy All Souls Day!

Happy All Souls Day! This is the day where we remember all the souls that have passed on from this life to the next. We pray for all these souls on this final journey to God, with the hopes that they might be united with God eternally. Some Thoughts on Purgatory When I was struggling …

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Art Happy All Saints Day!

Happy All Saints Day!

Happy All Saints Day! After having a week of featuring artistic images of death, sin, and hell, I figured I would look for the prettiest image that I could for heaven to celebrate All Saints Day! So, I looked, and looked and looked and… you know what? Corrado Giaquinto does absolutely lovely images of Heaven, don’t …

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