Tag Archives: Sacred Art

St. Matthew, apostle, evangelist & martyr

   

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“Who do people say that I am?”

Jesus already knew the answer to that question (Mark 7,27-30). He is God. For that matter, Jesus was the only one of them who knew at that time that He is God. Then why did Jesus ask the question? Not … Continue reading

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows deserves a memorial the day after the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  It helps us remember that the Cross was not all flowers and sunshine. The Alleluia Verse at Mass today suggests that … Continue reading

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The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

He was martyred for defending the sanctity of marriage.

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Patron Saint of BBQ Grill Masters

Three days after Pope Sixtus II was martyred in August 258, his deacon Lawrence followed suit. The Emperor Valerian had ordered all bishops, priests and deacons to be executed immediately; since Lawrence had charge of the monies for the Church … Continue reading

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Albigensian Abnegation

St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers in response to the Albigensian heresy. What could be so troubling about the Albigensians? They sound like they would be friendly neighbors. But they called themselves “Cathars”. Ooooh. That sounds nefarious. It get’s … Continue reading

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Pope arrested and murdered

Pope St. Sixtus II was consecrated bishop of the Church of Rome in 257.  The following year, while celebrating the sacred liturgy over the tomb of a martyr in the cemetery or Catacombs of Saint Callistus, he was arrested by … Continue reading

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The Transfigured Face

The Transfiguration happened so that Peter, James and John would persevere in hope. It took place on the way to Jerusalem. The glorious sight on Mount Tabor confirmed their conviction that Jesus was from heaven. They could see that He … Continue reading

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The Holiest Human Kiss

of Saints Joachim and Ann, who conceived the Immaculate Conception. by Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – 1337) Scenes in the Life of Joachim and Anna Chapel of the Scrovegni, Padua ITALY from the Office of Readings excerpt of a sermon … Continue reading

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July 25, St. Christopher

from The Roman Martyrology… In Lycia, in the time of Decius, St. Christopher, martyr.  Being scourged with iron rods, cast into the flames, from which he was saved by the power of Christ, and finally transfixed with arrows and beheaded, … Continue reading

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