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New Year’s Resolutions, Confession, and the Mother of God

New Year’s Day ever struck me as something of an odd vacation. Why do we humen find it necessary to set aside a daylight to mark yet another full outing around the sun? Different cultures have celebrated the new time at different times: the Jewish people celebrate the brand-new time in their observance on Rosh […]

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That Angel

Image: The Annunciation, by Andrea del Sarto, 1512 I’ve spent the past several days looking at pictures from across the centuries of the Annunciation.  They’re all a little different, as each artist takes the story and the history of its imagery and makes it his or her own.  So, while there’s usually a lily or […]

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Our Lady of Walsingham: The Sublime Beauty of the Ordinary

In a descent world-wide, there is always the temptation( and the fuel) to focus on the macabre and the dramatically pain, letting the small and beautiful pass by, unnoticed and uncelebrated. So it is with the apparition and letter behind the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. While it seems foolish to imagine that Our […]