Tag Archives: Christ

Baptizing the Culture

“And when [God] says, ‘Be not much with a strange woman,’ He admonishes us to use indeed, but not to linger and spend time with, secular culture.” – Clement of Alexandria, The Stromata, Book 1, Chapter 5 As Christians, we are asked to detach ourselves from secular culture, but still, we are also commanded to […]

Paintings of a Pope

Pope Alexander VI, the great-grandfather of St. Francis Borgia and one of the most prominent popes in history, is unfairly mistreated. The man was a defender of Jews, a steward of liturgy, a good leader, and the one who spread the Faith to South America. But all of this is, unfortunately, often overshadowed by his […]

Oranges – A Poem for my Sister Madeline…

                         Oranges      A Poem for Madeline, my Loving Sister ORANGES are sticky-sweet and oh so bright. I think that God to make them plucked the sun From off the sky so blue and at sunset’s light Did squeeze and shake until the deed was done, Until He juiced that luminary orb And sprinkled droplets over earth […]

A Woman Clothed With The Sun

Greetings all, With the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (and Christmas right around the corner), I thought it appropriate to offer some observations and thoughts on Revelation chapter 12, where we find connections to both Our Lady of Guadalupe and the birth of Christ. Here is the passage (also above in the graphic): A […]

To Conceive a Horror For All the World Loves and Values

We can often forget just how at odds the world is with the message of Christ. We try to live our lives halfway following the world and halfway following Jesus. For many of us, it is a daily struggle to detach ourselves from the ways of the culture and give all to God. We need […]

Hans Holbein’s “The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb” – Jacob T. Reilly

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry which comments on another piece of non-poetry art. In a sense, the musical arrangement of my Sonnet I, by John Henderson, which you can find in both The Song and The Poet section of this blog, can be considered an ekphrastic composition. The word “ekphrastic” comes from the greek word ἔκϕρασις, […]