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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Santa María Tonantzintla
Santa María Tonantzintla, referred to by Aldous Huxley as the most unique church in the Christian world, conveys a sense of the Christian cosmic order through its rich ornamentation.
The Grittiness of Catholicism
In the second chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the grittiness and historicity of Christianity, focusing on the bones of St. Peter in the Vatican excavations ('Scavi').
Queen of Peace
In the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Mary, Queen of Peace, is depicted beckoning out to the world, "Basta! Enough! Stop the violence and war!"
Guido of Arezzo
Guido of Arezzo solidified and improved musical notation, allowing for the sight-reading and rapid spread of music.
The Return of Francis
A soldier frozen in worldly shame, a saint on the cusp of eternal glory.
Acquiring a 'Habit of Being'
In the first chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," George Weigel explores what it means to grow up Catholic, growing into a common way of life with shared customs and a shared symbolic world.
Political power and its best and political power at its worst collide in an iconic symbol of endurance.
The Relics of the Angelic Doctor
Discover the decidedly chaotic life and journeys of the relics of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas.
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.
The Abbey of Cluny
The Abbey of Cluny once vied with Rome in its influence, and its church was the largest in Christendom before the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in the sixteenth century.