Tag Archives: Faith

See The Faith: Apocalypse

I completed this 23×30 Apocalypse in egg tempera at the end of 2013. Originally posted on my facebook page, the different descriptions are presented here in full. This work is divided into three conjoined paintings, each depicting a different state: heaven, earth, and hell. The first painting (top) shows Christ as the image of the Father […]

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 […]

See the Faith: Sts. Peter and Paul

   The features of St. Peter and St. Paul depicted in each of these four images adhere to some basic principles. Clearly each was intended to stay faithful to some other image, producing a trail of images leading to the first portrait of these holy men. The faces of the princes of the apostles were […]

Unto the Altar of My God

This is a story of a man’s journey, of my own journey, towards God. It will be told in parts, so the reader can experience it in a way that doesn’t promote boredom. Since this is a true story, the names of some of the people involved have been changed, so as not to praise […]

See the Faith: The Apse of San Clemente

    The Basilica of San Clemente was built in Rome in the Middle Ages. Above the altar in the apse is an expansive mosaic with a crucifix in the center. It aptly illustrates a number of foundational truths about the Catholic faith within the scope of all creation.     The first tenet of the Catholic […]

The Task Before Us

It is a saintly desire, and of the highest importance, to attract young people to love and live the Faith.  A very popular method is to provide a “fresh look” at the Faith by passing it off as compatible with the modern, secular cultural.  Using the modern culture as an attractant to the Faith is […]

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, […]