Art St. Luke and the Virgin Mary

St. Luke and the Virgin Mary

Happy Feast Day! Today, we celebrate St. Luke, one of the four evangelists who wrote the four books that comprises of the gospel! So, who is St. Luke? That’s a good question! So, in honor of today, I would like to look at him as an evangelist, an artist, and then look at how artists …

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Art A Touch of Sorrow in Joy

A Touch of Sorrow in Joy

I saw this picture of the Annunciation the other day, and my jaw dropped. Had I not already picked all the gorgeous pictures in my upcoming book about the Joyful Mysteries, I would be tempted to put this one in as well! Isn’t it beautiful?! First of all, one of the amusing things about this …

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Art To Be Called By Christ

To Be Called By Christ

Happy feast day! Today, we celebrate one of the gospel writers, St. Matthew! Formerly a tax collector, Jesus called him out of his luxurious life and into greatness. Here is the gospel which describes how this calling took place: One of the most brilliant pieces of art that depicts this event is by Caravaggio. Jesus …

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Art Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

One of the most beautiful devotions — maybe my favorite devotion other than the Rosary — is the Our Lady of Sorrows devotion. It is a devotion that focuses on Jesus through Mary and on the enormous sacrifices and sorrows that both of them  — the New Adam and the New Eve — experienced as …

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Art Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!

Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!

Oy! I missed Our Blessed Mother Mary’s birthday, which is traditionally celebrated on September 8! What can I say? Teething children needed to be loved and household chores needed to be done! Still, while I was dealing with children, I wondered… was there any art that had Mary depicted as a child? After all, most …

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Art Christ Descends Into Hell

Christ Descends Into Hell

A couple of days ago, just as we were experiencing a tiny heatwave up here in Washington State, I saw a church which had a sign saying, “Think it’s hot now? Got God?” I was admittedly amused… after all, summer weather over here in Western Washington is normally very moderate and sunny with lovely blue …

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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 A Real Presence

A Real Presence

One of the hardest things for me to accept, as a Catholic, was the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Mind you, when I would walk into an empty church, I would feel an uncanny sort of presence. A feeling of being watched, though the church was empty. I would walk in and not …

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Art Little Moments at the Foot of the Cross

Little Moments at the Foot of the Cross

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but honestly? Medieval religious art can pack so much in a tiny space that perhaps it worth ten thousand words! For instance, look at this picture. At first glance, this appears to be an image of the Crucifixion. After all, the Crucified Christ is at the focal …

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Art And where is your God?

And where is your God?

Normally, in pictures that relate to the Passion of Christ, you expect to see Christ in the forefront. After all, He died to save us, and is rightly the subject of some of the greatest art in Western civilization. Yet… in this art piece, Christ is in the background. Not only is He in the …

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