The Resurrection is depicted in "Christ Risen from the Tomb," a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone. The artwork is from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is April 8 in the Latin-rite church this year. (CNS photo/courtesy of the National Gallery of Art) (March 27, 2012)

Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Salve festa dies is a Latin hymn written by the Roman Christian poet St. Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-c. 610).  In its English form Hail Thee, Festival Day—sung to the tune by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams—it is often performed on Easter Sunday.  It is a splendid hymn, using the return of Spring as a metaphor for the new life which Christ […]

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George Bellows: The Crucifixion

Expressions of the Faith sometimes emanate from unlikely places.  The American artist George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925) was known for his rugged boxing pictures, gritty cityscapes and elegant society portraits depicting the dynamic world of change in the early twentieth century.  Raised by a strict Methodist family in Ohio, Bellows rebelled against his religious upbringing and developed strong sympathies for the socialist and anarchist movements.  During […]

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Not an Obstacle Course to Easter

“Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” It was a familiar phrase during my time attending Georgetown University, repeated early and often throughout Lent by one of the Jesuits. “Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” Take a minute and really think about it.  Almost everything we do in Lent is just an […]

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Going Up or Down?

The Lenten season is about to commence, leaving us Catholics to start mentally preparing for our fasts.  But just in case you are still unsure of what you want to do, here is a list of 70 things to give up or take up for Lent.  An important thing to keep in mind when deciding what […]

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I joined the Knights of Columbus a little while ago and have since gotten the Columbia magazine monthly. There has been great articles and interesting reads, but as I went to grab this months issue off the dining room table to clear for dinner and noticed the back cover. “Hey, I know that guy!” I […]

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