Month: August 2018

Who Is the Woman of Revelation?

The dogma of the Assumption teaches that at the end of her time on earth, Mary was taken up—body and soul—into heaven. There, she sits at her Son’s right hand, as Queen of Heaven and Earth. The foundation for the teaching is rooted in Scripture, specifically in John’s mysterious and apocalyptic vision recorded in Revelation 12.

Assumption of the Virgin, Titian, Madeleine Stebbins, Looking at a Masterpiece

Seek That Which Is Above

Tiziano Vecellio, known in English as Titian, was probably the greatest Venetian painter, recognized in his time as “The Sun Amidst Small Stars” (recalling the famous final line of Dante’s Paradiso).* He painted the huge (22 ½’ x 11 ½’) masterpiece of Mary’s Assumption for the Basilica of the Franciscan friars, appropriately called the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, in Venice.

The Assumption of Mary

On the Feast of the Assumption, the readings conveniently outline the Biblical basis for why Catholics celebrate the end of Mary’s earthly life. The very first reading comes from Revelation, one of the passages most helpful in understanding the dogma of the Assumption.

St Clare, The Saints Project

Photographer to the Saints

Imagine being the photojournalist to the saints, documenting their incredible lives through pictures, getting to know them as you attempt to capture the perfect shot. You would study their actions, learn what drives them, and bring their lives to others through the photos you took.

The Annunciation, The Joyful Mysteries, Emily Stimpson Chapman

Rethinking the Joyful Mysteries

Clue Number 9,546 that I’m a long, long way from holiness: My perpetual struggle to think of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary as, well, the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. For me, the “Stressful Mysteries of the Rosary” often seems a bit more like it.

St Dominic

Dog of the Lord

St. Dominic Guzmán was born in Caleruega, Old Castile, Spain, sometime after 1170. On completing his studies in theology at Palencia, he was appointed (about 1196) a canon of the cathedral chapter at Osma, and in 1201 he was chosen prior of that cathedral community.

The Sense of Mystery, Garrigou-Lagrange

Rediscovering The Sense of Mystery

Renewed interest in the works of the Dominican priest Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange continues to gain momentum. And now Catholic philosophers and theologians have English access to The Sense of Mystery (Emmaus Academic).