Agnus Dei: The Heart of the Matter

Seeing such places of great beauty give me pause. I stand amazed in the presence of such overwhelming opulence and I try to imagine the people who dedicated their worship of God in such a place. To gather each week around a table that is a vision of heaven on earth, I wonder..would this change…

God Creates Beauty in Our Weakness

Christ and the Apostles, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co. c. 1890, Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass at the Navy Pier, Chicago IL, Image Wikimedia Commons I love Louis Comfort Tiffany’s (1848-1933) stained glass windows. Once you have seen one, you will find the style very easy to detect and he will show up…

Time and Our Holy Grail Thinking

As the New Year approaches and we consider where we have been and where we hope to be this time next year…. we all will reflect. As I was wondering what to share this week, I stumbled quite unexpectedly into the discovery of these beautiful tapestries, designed by Sir Edward Burn-Jones and executed by William Morris as…

The Death of Innocence and Voluntary Displacement

Lamentation from Scenes from the Life of Christ, Giotto di Bondone, 1304-06, Fresco, 200 X 185 cm, Arena Chapel, Padua Italy Week #5 …died, and was buried, he descended to the dead, Giotto, in this scene of the Lamentation of Christ, shows us the individual grief of those who surrounded Jesus after his descent from the…

Emmanuel: God is With Us

Christ Crucified, 1632, Diego Velazquez 1599-1660, oil on canvas, 248 X 169 cm, Prado Museum Madrid Spain, Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons Apostles’ Creed Week #4 : “Was Crucified” Pain that goes on and on….pain that will not let you go….physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual pain. Loneliness, loss of control, humiliation and despair… Diego Velazquez expertly…

This is it! Learning to step into your moment

Annunciation c. 1475 by Andrea Della Robbia, Glazed Terracotta 210 X 210 cm, Chiesa Maggiore La Verna Sanctuary in Tuscany Apennines. Image courtesy Web Gallery of Art Apostles’ Creed: Week Two “I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” I remember many years…

Is It For Me? (An Ecumenical View of the Cross.)

Adoration of the Trinity, Albrecht Durer, 1511, Oil on linden wood, 135X123,4 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna I am always surprised when I find yet another crucifixion painting that calls to me as if to say, “Linger with me a while.” I find that I am attracted to the work long before I understand why; that…

Michelangelo’s Spiritual Exercises

Sistine Chapel, Creation of Adam (detail) by Michelangelo Buonarroti, fresco 1510, Vatican Museum Galleries, Vatican City, Image Courtesy Bridgeman Art Library. Seeing God is no small task, however. It can seem daunting, to say the least, but it is an exercise that is well worth the effort. To continue will put you in the company…

Just a Little Talk with Jesus

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (1654-55) painted by Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) Oil on canvas (160 X 142 cm.) National Gallery of Scotland, Image Courtesy of Web Gallery of Art. This is the story featured in Luke 10: 38-42. Vermeer places this scene in a simple setting with Mary positioned lower and bare…