Tag Archives: religion

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 […]

What is the Angelus?

Full Question What is the Angelus? Answer It’s a three-part prayer said thrice daily, usually at six in the morning, noon, and six in the evening. The name of the prayer is taken from its opening line in Latin, “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae” (“The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”). The prayer itself consists […]

Be a Man – Esto Vir!

Quotes from the Way by St. Josemaria Escriva  May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who hears or sees you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ. (par. 2) Don’t say, “That’s the way I am – it’s my character.” It’s your lack of character. Esto vir! – Be a man! […]

Six things we learned about our Pope’s Personal Life from his most recent interview.

Here are six things we learned about the man Pope Francis we didn’t know before: 1) His favorite authors, and the book he’s currently reading “I have really loved a diverse array of authors. I love very much Dostoevsky and Hölderlin. I remember Hölderlin for that poem written for the birthday of his grandmother that is very beautiful […]

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, […]

The Nativity of the Ever-Virgin Mary, Theotokos

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Virgin Mary is celebrated by the Church as a day of universal joy. Within the context of the Old and the New Testaments, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was born on this radiant day, having been chosen before the ages by Divine Providence to bring about the Mystery of […]

The Laughter of Lions

“A young shepherd I saw, writhing, gagging, in spasms, his face distorted, and a heavy black snake hung out of his mouth. Had I ever seen so much nausea and pale dread on one face? He seemed to have been asleep when the snake crawled into his throat, and there bit itself fast. My hand […]