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A Reflection on the Mystery of Art as a Capacity of the Human Soul

September 1, 2016 3 Comments
A Reflection on the Mystery of Art as a Capacity of the Human Soul

I can neither draw nor paint and have always marveled at how some can take an empty canvas and bring it to life with form, color, depth, and shadow. Little by little, from the painter’s brush and soul, a picture emerges. So, too, with sculpting: with each blow of the sculptor’s tools, a block of […]

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Compare and Contrast! Two Pictures from Different Ages – Which Age Looks Healthier?

October 25, 2015 25 Comments
Compare and Contrast! Two Pictures from Different Ages – Which Age Looks Healthier?

I was recently in Burgos, Spain and saw the splendid cathedral there. My first views of it came at night and I took the photo at the upper right. What a magnificent building; such proportion and symmetry! To me there is the echo of tall trees in a forest, majestically reaching up to the heavens. […]

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The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

September 29, 2014 21 Comments
The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

One of the more common modern themes is that the human person is really nothing more than a smart ape or an above-average animal. To this I must reply, “Nonsense!” It is true that we have many similarities to primates and, really, to all mammals. But the similarities stop there. At the level of the […]

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A Reflection on the mystery of Art as a capacity of the Human soul

September 3, 2013 9 Comments
A Reflection on the mystery of Art as a capacity of the Human soul

I cannot draw or paint. Yet I have always marveled at how some can take an empty canvas and bring it to life with color, form, depth, and shadow. And, little by little, from the painter’s brush and soul a picture emerges. So too with sculpting. A mere block of marble, with each blow of […]

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Yes, But How? A Reflection on the Mystery of Art

September 30, 2011 7 Comments

I cannot draw or paint. Yet I have always marveled at how some can take an empty canvas and bring it to life with color, form, depth, and shadow. And, little by little, from the painter’s brush and soul a picture emerges. So too with sculpting. A mere block of marble, with each blow of […]

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Some of the Most Beautiful Women I Know Hang Out At the Basilica

August 30, 2010 18 Comments

  I went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception here in Washington DC  last week to celebrate Mass the TV Mass. Afterward I went to the crypt church and took a series of pictures of the beautiful mosaics of the women of the Scriptures and early Church. Among them are […]

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When God gives”the Gift”

April 15, 2010 17 Comments

Back in college I became interested in learning to play the Pipe Organ. I had heard the thunderous resonance of that instrument and knew I wanted to play it and make the whole building shake. I had not studied piano as a child and so was starting from scratch. But I hammered away at it […]

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Ugliest Church Art Contest

July 13, 2009 1 Comment

Well OK, Let’s admit it, the modern age hasn’t exactly been known as the golden age of Church architecture. The following website has collected some of the more “unusual” Church art of the past decades. Ugliest Church Art Contest Enjoy, and submit your own entries! By the way, I don’t agree that all the sites […]

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