The Penitent Magdalene and True Conversion of Heart 4

By Fr Jason Smith

I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de la Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life. Let’s take a closer look.

The Penitent Magdalen, George de la Tour

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Movie Review

German actress Alissa Jung brilliantly portrays Mary of Nazareth

German actress Alissa Jung brilliantly portrays Mary of Nazareth

I’m glad I had the chance to attend the second sold-out showing of Mary of Nazareth, hosted by St Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church at AMC Theaters in Cumming, Georgia, yesterday. This one definitely had me pondering the life of Mary, and left me saying to myself, I need to see it again. Hopefully, the parish will host a third showing, because I think everyone with devotion to Mary in their heart needs to see it. More…

The Best Thing About Last Night’s Superbowl Was the National Anthem 4

Best National Anthem Ever!

How original of the NFL to have only one team play in the Super Bowl last night. None of us were expecting that.

The best play of the game was, by far — No, not the Joe Namath fake coin toss — Renée Fleming’s singing the National Anthem. She stole the night! More…

Do You Know the Immaculate Conception? 6

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

In honor of the Immaculate Conception

For today’s solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I decided to issue a challenge. Two challenges, actually. The first challenge is…

Can you identify which one of these depictions of the Immaculate Conception was painted by Murillo?  More…

Christ’s Transfiguration: Depending on God in Turbulent Times 9

Blaise Pascal once wrote:

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

The picture above, taken from the bottom portion of Rafael’s Transfiguration,could stand on its own as separate painting. As a composition, it appears to be complete. Yet even to the viewing eye,  it certainly lacks something. By itself, its meaning is not clear. More…

The Glorious Mysteries in Color 5

By Fr Jason Smith

I came across some old statues of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in Stony Point, New York, and as both Easter and Biltrix are on my mind, I immediately thought of posting some pictures of them. More…

“Warm Bodies,” a Classic Romantic-Comedy Zombie Sci-Fi Thriller 19

I don’t go to the movies that often, and when I do, I don’t normally make it a zombie movie. But when I saw the trailer for “Warm Bodies,” something told me I’ve got to see this one.

Unexpectedly clean social commentary that makes you laugh at yourself

Unexpectedly clean social commentary that makes you laugh at yourself

Before I get started, the only disclaimer I’d like to make is that I’m not recommending “Warm Bodies” as a “film for the whole family to enjoy.” I’m not even suggesting that you should see it, but if you More…

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Biltrix:

Great post from Reinkat today. This simple, short post tells me so much.

Check out her previous post on “Sacred Geometry” too. This is true Catholic culture that our religious minds are thirsty for.

Originally posted on reinkat:

Before the Incarnation, there were no images made of God.  In fact, it was expressly forbidden.  But because God took on flesh and became one of us, He then had a specific appearance in time and place, and thus it is permitted for us to make an icon of God as He appears in Jesus Christ.  It has been said this way:

The inconceivable is conceived in the womb of a virgin.  

The immeasurable became 3 cubits high; the unqualifiable acquires a quality; the undefinable stands up, sits down and lies down; He who is everywhere is put into a crib.

He who is above time gradually reaches the age of 12; He who is formless appears with the shape of a man and the incorporeal enters into a body.

Therefore, the same is describable and indescribable.

—from the writings of the Desert Fathers:  St. Theodore the Studite

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God in Search of You 10

Like many other WordPress bloggers, Biltrix received a “2012 Year in Blogging” report. I decided not to share it as a separate post on the blog but I did want to share something interesting I found in the stats. People are in search of Jesus searching for them.

William Holman Hunt, Light of the World

William Holman Hunt, Light of the World

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Do We Recognize Beauty in Our Midst? 24

I purloined this story from another source (namely Facebook) — they won’t mind, I’m sure.

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: More…