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Hallowed Be Thy Name

“Hallowed be Thy name”.  We hear and say this phrase on a regular basis when we pray the Lord’s Prayer.  But how often do we truly think about what this means? I know for me, at least, I often recite that prayer without giving much thought into that particular line of the prayer.  It wasn’t […]

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Catholic Appropriation

Diversity. Appropriation. Equality. Privilege. It seems that our culture has taken a shift to embrace everything that has been traditionally marginalized. Folks don’t know what to say anymore. Words can hurt. Actions speak even louder. Micro-aggressions speak loudest of all. Just by being, we may be of offense to someone else. But rarely do you […]

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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