Anyone who has studied Christian art, or just wandered through one of the art galleries in Italy, will quickly notice that a very popular subject for a painting is “Mary with the Baby Jesus and Saints.” Here is a version of that theme, done in mosaic.
From the crypt of Dormition Abbey in [...]
At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to share an image of Mary that seems most appropriate for a new year, Mary Undoer of Knots. May she untie the knots in our lives, and most of all the knots in marriages.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. God made us for Himself. For millennia he prepared a people and finally a woman to receive His Son. Mary was “unstained” by sin. She was on earth what we are meant to be in Heaven. God has been working in your life to make you ready to “unstained” with Him forever. Christ will be coming for each of us, but He is also come to be with us right here and now at Mass. (8 Dec 2012)
Students of art history will notice that this stone relief, featuring Mary and the Child Jesus with Sts. Peter and Paul, is very medieval in its design and execution. This carving sits over the door of the sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Puglia, southern Italy. Although the figures are a little [...]
October is the month of the Rosary. I have no idea why this is so, but it might be because, in the United States, October comes before election day.
This is Our Lady from the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. The Church was built on top of a pagan temple, [...]
On September 8th the Church celebrates the feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the Bible never mentions the birth of Mary, this is not a reason not to celebrate the feast since we know for certain that she was born! We also know for certain that she had a [...]
The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, in Champion Wisconsin, marks the only apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States to be approved by the Catholic Church.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th is the largest annual event at the Shrine. This year [...]
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