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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

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
Sep 16, 2021
Giotto's "Nativity" from the Lower Church of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi

Giotto's "Nativity" in Assisi

Giotto's realistic approach to painting breathed new life into the scenes he depicted, bringing a human element into stories from the life of Christ and the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Prime Matters
Sep 9, 2021
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 2, 2021
Eugune Kazimirowski's rendition of the Divine Mercy, completed in 1934

Divine Mercy Image

The Divine Mercy image is less known for its place in art history textbooks than it is for its inspiration: Jesus himself requested the image be painted and venerated.

Prime Matters
Aug 12, 2021
Mary College at ASU, Tempe, AZ

Old St. Mary's Church, Tempe

Old St. Mary's, the oldest standing church in the Phoenix area, has served the spiritual and pastoral needs of Catholics in Arizona for generations and is now home to Mary College at ASU.

Prime Matters
Aug 5, 2021
Our Lady of Charity

La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

The Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre has played a central role in the spirit of Cuba, and her image is to be found everywhere, in churches, homes, and even on taxis.

Prime Matters
Jul 29, 2021
The Basilica of St. Augustine in Rome

Basilica di Sant'Agostino and Motherhood

The Basilica of St. Augustine in Rome houses numerous treasures for pilgrims, including two that focus on motherhood: the tomb of St. Monica and the marble "Madonna del Parto."

Prime Matters
Jul 22, 2021
Mass held outside the ruins of Urakami Cathedral after the bombing of Nagasaki

Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Nagasaki

Immaculate Conception Cathedral stands over the site of both centuries of persecutory practices and the previous cathedral, which was destroyed by the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Prime Matters
Jul 8, 2021
The miraculous staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Staircase at Loretto Chapel

The staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, constructed by a mysterious carpenter some claim to have been St. Joseph himself, serves as a visible reminder of God's constant presence.

Prime Matters
Jul 1, 2021
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina, Malta

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina

Standing above the location of the momentous meeting of Saints Paul and Publius, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Mdina is the heart of the Church of the world's first Christian nation.

Prime Matters
Jun 24, 2021