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 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 Counting Bones

Counting Bones

Usually on Friday, I like to feature a picture that is about the Passion of Christ, since Friday is the traditional day of the Passion. So, continuing on with the series of macabre religious art, I would like to feature this work about the Scourging of Christ, or, as it is commonly called in religious …

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Art Humble Acceptance of the Cross

Humble Acceptance of the Cross

One of the hardest things for me when I was struggling with Christianity was that age-old question: why did Jesus suffer and die… for me? I had thought of myself (and still like to think of myself!) as mostly a decent person. But, to lay down my life for someone else? That is something that …

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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 The Greatest Story Ever Told – In Art

The Greatest Story Ever Told – In Art

One of the most beautiful thing about medieval religious artwork is that the artists were not constricted by moments of time. They had absolutely no qualms putting different moments into the same artwork so that the art, instead of displaying only one pivotal moment, stretched across time into a panorama displaying the gospel in a …

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Art The Skull at the Foot of the Cross

The Skull at the Foot of the Cross

The Passion is one of the most important moments to us, as Christians, in the gospel. After all, it is the moment in which Christ offers up Himself as a sacrifice for us! There are a lot of little moments that occur across scripture that foretell of the Passion, a lot of details in all …

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Art Eclipse!

Eclipse!

Ah, the day of the eclipse! Time to wander outside with goofy goggles and look at the sun! Over here near Seattle, it was only a partial eclipse — 90% of the sun was covered. I had been pessimistic and thought that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to see it at all because of cloud …

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Art The Robe

The Robe

When I first saw this painting, I was stunned with the complexity of the painting. There is just so much going on! There’s the calm serenity of the crucified man on Jesus’ right, the good thief, who is bathed in ethereal light after asking for Jesus to remember him. In contrast, the bad thief on …

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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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