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Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, c. 1465 - 1525/1526 ), The Virgin Reading, c. 1505, oil on panel transferred to canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Portrait of a Young Woman: Vittore Carpaccio’s “The Virgin Reading”

On February 2 we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation, also known as Candlemas, marking the official end of the larger Christmas season.  This feast commemorates the day when the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to be “presented” to God, in observance of Jewish law […]

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The Lie of the “No-Fail Novena”

I love novenas. From the moment an old friend introduced me to the nine-day prayer devotion, I felt an attraction to them and quickly graduated from praying them to writing them and sharing what I’d written. I’ve seen many prayers answered through the continued petitions to God and His saints. Other people do, too, which […]

Willem Claesz Heda
Dutch, 1593/1594 - 1680
Banquet Piece with Mince Pie
1635
oil on canvas, 106.7 x 111.1 cm (42 x 43 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Patrons' Permanent Fund

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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The Great New Year Challenge

A New Year is upon us and I am sure every Facebook newsfeed is full of classic resolutions: eat healthier, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends. I think beginnings are wonderful – the beginning of a new semester, the beginning of the year, the beginning of a good book. Every year I […]

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Beatitudes and blindness

I’m sure on some level we are familiar with the eight Beatitudes found in the gospel of St. Matthew; they are teachings from Jesus. For all who try to understand blindness, and for those who may be unsure of how to react to any disability, this short entry is for you: Blessed are they who refrain […]

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