Monthly Archives: January 2013

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It’s no surprise that the Obama administration has approved the sale of the abortifacient drug Plan-B in vending machines on college campuses. I’m sorry, I must have missed something… Was there a plan A? After all, they are…

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Symbolic Scallops

The scallop shell has been an important symbol for people throughout many ages and cultures.  It was regarded by some as a symbol of the womb, of fertility.  Others saw its converging lines as a reminder of the rising sun. … Continue reading

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Icon of the Annunciation

I finally completed this icon, with much prayer for the unborn and their mothers as I worked.  It is fitting that the icon was completed as the Washington DC March for Life wrapped up, and the West Coast March for … Continue reading

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Plans Gone Awry

Last week I went on a short retreat on the Pacific Coast, to write icons with two iconographer friends.  The logistics and planning had gone on for months, and at last the designated days arrived.  I was so excited, filled … Continue reading

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Culture Wars . . . and Art

I was watching a news program on TV the other night. There was a debate:  is the media in the U.S. dominated by the liberal  left or the conservative right?  The discussion was heated on both sides.  Agreement was not … Continue reading

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I purloined this story from another source (namely Facebook) — they won’t mind, I’m sure. “A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January…

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Venerating Our Lady’s Image

One of the conundrums in being a Catholic iconographer is the lack of understanding and traditions around the veneration of icons within our church.  So often images are understood only as decoration of a space in the Western church.  There … Continue reading

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I Owe St. Anthony an Icon

Last year, I lost track of a large linen cloth that was intended to drape over an easel for the display of icons in church.  I couldn’t find it anywhere. Mindful of a childhood prayer to St. Anthony to help … Continue reading

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Opinions Sought

They were handed out free last Sunday after Mass, to any and all who were interested.  Small booklets of daily reflections and prayers, complementary copies from the publisher for the month of January 2013.  They are nice little books. I … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey

My time at a Trappist Abbey last week was one of joy.  I arrived in the afternoon, joined the monks (26 of them) in the church for noon prayer, followed by a nice vegetarian lunch (that I didn’t even have … Continue reading

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