Alonso Cano, The Miracle at the Well. Seeds from Reading

“Pick up and read, pick up and read.” While in a garden, St. Augustine heard these words spoken by a child and was inspired to pick up Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Reading, he received the grace of conversion which spurred him to entrust himself to Christ and seek baptism. Like St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion came through... [Read more...]

The First Trumpet: Hail and Fire Fall from Heaven The Message: Remix?

The apostles held fast to Christ’s message (Liturgy of the Hours, Common of Apostles). Their message goes out to all the earth (Ps 19:4). There is something I hate about the word “message.” Probably through no fault of its own—it sounds like a fine old frenchish word—it sounds to me like the weakest of words that we can use when we want to... [Read more...]

Mosaic in the Cathedral of Monreale In the Fisherman’s Net

Not ours the wounds, the bloodied flesh, of those fire-tested ancient souls; Theirs the bones for grinding lion’s teeth to gnaw to living bread Or the blood to spell their credo, a sanguine testament witnessed boldly As fisherman’s inverted across the sea from Calvary, dying Death body’s worthier Consort than Truth-less life. Not now trumpet blast... [Read more...]

Robert Zünd, Gang nach Emmaus Emmaus

At last. Here look! See Love. Ye who do go conversing sad. Ye who see now Your Lord drawing near And yet see Him not. Ye for whom Love Had died upon the gibbet Drowned in blood that dread Friday afternoon And all was thought lost. At last. Here look! See Love. Ye for whom both prophets and eyewitnesses sound opaque. Ye who have heard the manifold things... [Read more...]

Room for the Word

“You are trying to kill me because my word has no room among you” (John 8:37). “Why was Jesus put to death?” For many, this question immediately evokes a host of socio-political factors reducible to the fact the he was anti-establishment: the establishment decided to do away with him. But this is not how Jesus himself saw it. If Jesus was anti-establishment,... [Read more...]

Sherlock Holmes, Heliocentrism, and the Proclamation of the Gospel

In the first of the Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Scarlet, Dr. John Watson makes a startling discovery about his new friend: Sherlock Holmes is blithely unaware that the earth revolves around the sun. When Watson expresses shock at Sherlock’s ignorance, the consulting detective is nonplussed: “What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted... [Read more...]

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