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About Michael De Sapio

A native of Alexandria, Virginia and a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Michael is a writer and musician (professional violinist and amateur chorister). Passionately interested in Truth and Beauty in equal measure, he writes for Fanfare Magazine, Conservative Book Club and other outlets.

Posts by Michael De Sapio:

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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The True Face of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas has had quite a career: from bishop of a small diocese in Asia Minor to everlasting fame on Hallmark greeting cards and Coca Cola advertisements the world over.  To help us bridge the gap from St. Nicholas to the modern secular Santa, we have the excellent website of the St. Nicholas Center, whose motto is […]

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The Miracle of the Disappearing Smartphone

Something extraordinary, indeed miraculous, happened to me over the Thanksgiving holiday: I lost my smartphone.  I had been listening in my room to some sound files on it in preparation for a concert I would be giving shortly.  Thanksgiving dinner was being prepared in the kitchen.  Somewhere between listening and sitting down to eat, the phone […]

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St. Francis, the Birds and the Beasts

Filled with awe, he asked [the birds] if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him…It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air. Without sowing […]

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