Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Death of Jesus

Tomorrow, we begin our observance of the Triduum, in which we can participate in Christ’s establishment of the Eucharist, His Passion and death on the Cross, and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Heavy stuff. I didn’t post much about Lent … Continue reading

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The Death of “That’s Enough!”

Obviously, the topic of beauty has been on my mind lately, and whenever I’ve got something on my mind, I start seeing everything in light of whatever idea is in there. So when I went home to St. Louis over … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Visual Arts

Perhaps my last post of this nature for a while. Here are a few beautiful works of art that I find particularly striking. Sinding’s sculpture Valkyrie in Copenhagen…  Monet’s painting The Artist’s Garden at Giverny… and a photo I only know as … Continue reading

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Beauty in Architecture

This will be the best 12 minutes of your month. Please, please watch this. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142539n Brief theological point. If anyone ever asks you why the Church has buildings and artwork and garments that are so ornate when there are so … Continue reading

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A Truly Beautiful Photograph…

May God bless this humble and holy man. Protect our Mother Church well, brother.

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Beauty in Cinema

Below is a clip of what I consider the most beautiful movie scene I’ve ever witnessed. It’s from the film adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and it is the part where the main character, John Proctor, is being forced … Continue reading

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Is Beauty Real? (Part Two)

Just a quick addendum to my last post… My buddy Tyler raised some excellent points in a comment on the last post, so I wanted to clarify something. While Catholics believe that Beauty is something that exists on its own, … Continue reading

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Is Beauty Real?

I’d like to pass on something that has shaped my understanding of beauty greatly and could answer some possible objections to the past few posts. Here is a description of what Aquinas said about beauty: “St. Thomas offers us another … Continue reading

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The Birth of Beauty Part 2

I present to you a case in point: Watch the following two videos, and tell me which is more likely to make someone aware of the presence of Christ. When I typed in “Praise and Worship Music” on YouTube, this … Continue reading

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The Death of Sentimentality (and the Birth of Beauty)

Two posts ago, I promised some thoughts on the need for Catholics to start sharing beauty with the world. Here they are. But before I get rolling dishing out my thoughts, I’d like you to read a post by the … Continue reading

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