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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.

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Willem Claesz Heda
Dutch, 1593/1594 - 1680
Banquet Piece with Mince Pie
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oil on canvas, 106.7 x 111.1 cm (42 x 43 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
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The Mystical in the Everyday: Some Catholic Art of Holland

While visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington recently, I took a tour entitled “Glimpses of Seventeenth-Century Life” which led me through some of the most glorious paintings of the museum’s permanent collection.  The artists of the seventeenth century replicated reality and depicted the details of everyday life with a photographic realism never before […]

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Haydn’s Catholic Spirit

Note: This article is part of a projected series on Catholicism and art (primarily, but not limited to, music and painting). “Whenever I think of God I can only conceive of Him as a Being infinitely great and infinitely good. This last quality of the divine nature inspires me with such confidence and joy that I […]

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The Song of Bernadette: A Second Look at a Catholic Classic

Those who know me know that I am a devotee of old films, particularly those from the 1940s and ’50s. As such, I am often to be found cruising digital TV channels such as GetTV and Movies! which air the old classics (with commercial interruptions, alas). This past week I was surprised to catch the […]

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Ecology, Pantheism and the Church

“Where’s Jesus these days?” The thought has been occurring to me with some frequency lately, not least upon reading a story at National Catholic Register about a recent Vatican workshop on ecology.  The workshop, entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity” was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of […]

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The Catholic Response to Death

During Lent our thoughts naturally turn to questions of mortality. The season, after all, commences with Ash Wednesday and its reminder of “Thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return,” and ends with the commemoration of the Our Lord’s Passion.  Throughout Lent we are reminded of our duty to “put to death” our sins […]

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