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Peter and Paul, Apostles: Solemnity

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Prayer & Art, Solemnity

probably 1470s

Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity As St. Augustine taught, this day was made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. Based on Saint Peter’s profession of faith, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16), Jesus pronounced him: Peter, the rock on which He would build His church (cf Mt 16:18).  St. Peter did not come to this conclusion on his own. But, rather, it was revealed... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Prayer & Art

Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.”** “Sooner... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Transferred)

December 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After having cursed the insidious serpent, God proclaimed;... Read More

St George and the Power of Purpose – Praying Through Art

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Prayer & Art, Praying Through Art


I was spending a college semester abroad in Florence, Italy. That day, we were visiting the Bargello, one of Florence’s great sculpture museums. We made it up to the second floor of the medieval palace and turned the corner into the Donatello room – a feast for any eyes, and especially for those of a college kid studying art history. Yet, almost immediately, my attention was uncannily riveted by a marble figure on the far... Read More

Rediscovering a New Path to God – Praying Through Art


Prayer is demanding – especially in such a noisy world. When we are honest with ourselves, we recognize that it isn’t always easy to hear God’s voice, to connect with God. We constantly need to seek new ways to do so. Prayer is a “battle” as the Catechism reminds us (#2726), but it’s a battle we can always win, if we just keep fighting. Jesus promised as much: “Seek,” he said, “and you shall find” (Matthew... Read More

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