Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1615–1617 Artemisia Gentileschi National Gallery, London Her eyes look away, as if thinking of a painful memory, yet there is a calm in her monumental pose. She’s got the strong, muscular arms Artemisia always gave the women in her paintings and as she ponders the past, the fingersContinue reading “Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

“the profligacy of the saints”

I take heart from the profligacy of the saints. There’s a kind of spendthrift nature in loving others in a way you don’t know if you can sustain. Even if your love will be tested or permanently disrupted by a move, by unpredictable hours, or by a lack of societal support from friends and familyContinue reading ““the profligacy of the saints””

veni, sponsa Christi

Veni sponsa Christi, accipe coronam quam tibi Dominus praeparavit in aeternum pro cujus amore sanguinem tuum fudisti et cum Angelis in paradisum introisti. Veni, electa mea, et ponam in te thronum meum quia concupivit Rex speciem tuam. Come, bride of Christ, receive the crown which the Lord has prepared for you for all eternity; forContinue reading “veni, sponsa Christi”

If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

Nate DiMeo’s musings on the Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom now housed in the American wing at the Met are a fairly exact approximation of my own experience of being in that room. This is beautiful. If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

“Thy will be done.”

I don’t have enough time to write a solid post today, but I wanted to share this with you. I got a book of St. Francis de Sales’ letters at the local Catholic bookstore a few days ago, and the first letter inside is one he wrote to a young woman who wanted to be aContinue reading ““Thy will be done.””

Mother Maria Skobtsova

adamthenorman: “The bodies of fellow human beings must be treated with greater care than our own. Christian love teaches us to give our brethren not only spiritual gifts, but material gifts as well. Even our last shirt, our last piece of bread must be given to them. Personal almsgiving and the most wide-ranging social workContinue reading “Mother Maria Skobtsova”