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Modern Church Aesthetics: Back to the Future

  Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. A common complaint about modern churches is that they look like “warehouses”—bare, soulless barns rather than houses of worship.  Such a style of architecture, many feel, renders the religious experience banal and devoid of transcendence.  Many Catholics attribute this style to the influence […]

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The Spirituality of…Surfing? Finding God in the Waves

“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail.  And there I find You in the mystery.  In oceans deep, my faith will stand.” There are many times and places in our lives where one is able to encounter Christ.  The most obvious are places where Christ and spirituality are […]

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“Hail, Caesar!”: A Divine Comedy?

Note: This movie review is part of a continuing series of articles on Catholicism and art. I’m resistant to current movies as a rule, vastly preferring the old classics, but I recently decided to take a chance on Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! I had heard of the film’s religious subtext and was intrigued […]

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Stop Trying to Make Perfection Happen. It’s Not Going to Happen.

Seriously, guys.  I know how tough this is.  I am pretty sure this is something that most of us struggle with.  But think of it this way: Only God is perfect (and Mary, of course).  No human being is capable of achieving perfection, and to live life under the notion that you have to be […]

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Heinrich Biber: Glorious Mysteries of a Life in Music

Virtuoso violinist and musical mystic, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) wrote flamboyantly colorful music which exudes a distinctive Catholic spirit. The Baroque era of which he was a part was dedicated to the idea that music had the power to express universal human emotions and states of the soul—not only vocal music, but instrumental as […]

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