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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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.
The Irish island of Skellig Michael provided a remote and penitential setting for an ancient monastic community that sought a life of solitude, prayer, and self-sacrifice.
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.
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!"
Home to the relics of the Magi, the Cologne Cathedral - whose construction lasted for 632 years - has drawn pilgrims since its cornerstone was placed in 1248.
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
A century ago, the people of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, actively entrusted their city and nation to Christ, manifesting his invisible kingship in a now-iconic statue.
On the massive "Maestà," Sienese painter Duccio tells multiple stories within his depiction of the Nativity and sets the scene amongst the context of the Old Testament prophets.
Body Language, God-Talk, and the Visible Invisible
In the eighth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the masterfully decorated Sistine Chapel, which shows forth the grand drama of salvation history and threatens to pull back the veil of the spiritual realm.
Caravaggio's "The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew"
Caravaggio pulls back the curtain separating the visible and invisible, revealing that St. Matthew's death is not his final defeat but rather his ultimate victory.
Giotto's "Miracle of the Crucifix"
Giotto's "Miracle of the Crucifix" captures the intimate moment of St. Francis of Assisi's vocational call before the crucifix of San Damiano Chapel.