Encounter the Catholic Imaginative Vision as it is incarnated in works of art, architecture, and literature, as well as in the artists and intellectuals who have given it further expression. With one post per week, explore the expression of the Church across times and cultures.
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Perov's "The First Christians in Kiev"
Perov's depiction of Christians worshipping under the cover of night reminds us of the generations of Christians who have embraced the conquering spirit of the Gospel through times of uncertainty.
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.
Encounter St. Peter (and his bones) in the excavations of the Vatican Necropolis (or "Scavi") beneath St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Michelangelo's Pietà captures a serene moment of surrender, as the Virgin Mary cradles the body of her crucified son in her lap.
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.
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.
Caravaggio's "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist"
Caravaggio's stark presentation of the beheading of St. John the Baptist, housed in St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta, invites us to view a brutal reality through the eyes of faith.
Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son"
In "The Return of the Prodigal Son," Rembrandt shows the desolation that comes from a life of sin, a brother on the cusp of a decision, and the embrace of mercy.
Guido of Arezzo
Guido of Arezzo solidified and improved musical notation, allowing for the sight-reading and rapid spread of music.
Situated in the forested Sabine Hills between Rome and Assisi, the little town of Greccio holds a special place in the Franciscan tradition and is the birthplace of a common Christmas practice.