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In keeping with the best of our ancient Benedictine heritage, in which authors sign their work simply “a monk,” the editorial panel of Prime Matters remains anonymous, committed solely to articulating and awakening the Catholic imaginative vision for Catholics and all people of goodwill.

Published Pieces

Leonardo Da Vinci's "St. John the Baptist"

Da Vinci's "Saint John the Baptist"

Da Vinci portrays a youthful Baptist, leaning into the light to invite the viewer's gaze to heaven.

Prime Matters
Dec 1, 2022
Michelangelo's "Pieta"

Michelangelo's Pietà

Michelangelo's Pietà captures a serene moment of surrender, as the Virgin Mary cradles the body of her crucified son in her lap.

Prime Matters
Nov 23, 2022
The Vatican Obelisk and St. Peter's Square from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Obelisk

The massive obelisk standing in the center of St. Peter’s Square is likely the last thing St. Peter saw as he died upon the cross.

Prime Matters
Nov 17, 2022
The Monastery of Mar Saba

The Monastery of Mar Saba

Like all things genuinely Christian, the ancient Monastery of Mar Saba has been no stranger to conflict and controversy as it has borne witness to the Gospel throughout the ages.

Prime Matters
Nov 3, 2022
The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

Pilgrims have ascended Mount Tabor in southern Galilee for centuries to venerate the place where Peter, James, and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ.

Prime Matters
Oct 26, 2022
Castel Gandolfo and Lago Albano

Castel Gandolfo

Overlooking a crater lake hidden within the hills southeast of Rome, the papal palace (and gardens and observatory) at Castel Gandolfo has provided popes a respite from Rome's summer heat.

Prime Matters
Oct 19, 2022
The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín, Slovakia

The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín, Slovakia

It has been said that God writes straight with crooked lines. The origins of the Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows might provide an example of that kind of oblique writing.

Prime Matters
Oct 13, 2022
Overgrowth through a window

Why Read Brideshead Revisited?: A Meditation on Sloth

Evelyn Waugh’s "Brideshead Revisited" presents an image of sloth, the vice of rejecting God's love and our spiritual inheritance.

Prime Matters
Oct 12, 2022
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

The Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, standing in the location of the house of the beloved third-century virgin martyr, shows forth the vast centuries of Church history.

Prime Matters
Sep 29, 2022
St. Peter's Baptismal Font

The Porphyry of St. Peter's Basilica

The precious stone of royalty and emperors in St. Peter's Basilica is found in two unexpected places: in the floor over which countless pilgrims walk and the base of the baptismal font.

Prime Matters
Sep 22, 2022