Category Archives: Art

Juan Diego, Modern

Today has been the feast of San Juan Diego. One of my new staff colleagues alerted me to the artist Gracie and her work which depicts traditional saints in various modern styles, tattoos, electric guitars, and especially fashions of clothes, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Saints | Leave a comment

Advent Lectionary: Isaiah 63:16b-17

The Lectionary framers stitched together pieces of Isaiah to lead out the first reading of Advent in cycle B. This opening plea stood out for me: You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. Why do you … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, Art, Liturgical Music, Scripture | Leave a comment


While I was unable to be here long enough for the dedication rite, I was blessed to witness and important installation, one that already inspires reflection. Left, the truck has arrived, and below, I captured an image without zoom that … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Parish Life | Leave a comment

A Saint Among Many

I wish I knew the artist and reference for this painting of Saint Martha a friend gave me some years ago. It makes me like the elder sister of Mary even a bit more. It helps me think of saints … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Saints | Leave a comment

Jesus And Religious Leaders

Beginning with this weekend and stretching through the Sundays of the month of October, the Lectionary goes with a different focus in Matthew’s Gospel. After his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus directs his parables to the religious leaders–at least as the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Scripture | Leave a comment

Angelic Withdrawal

Music publishers are heading into a tough year: no choirs in parishes, limited worship books (my parish has cancelled its order for 2021), and now, supposedly, a Mormon angel on the cover of the book for psalmists, right. Story here, … Continue reading

Posted in Art | Tagged | Leave a comment

Aspiring To New Heights

The pieces have been on site for some weeks, I’m told. The architect and crane came today. I’m on vacation this week, but I came in for a meeting with an engaged couple. I was glad to enjoy one of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Parish Life, spirituality | Leave a comment

At Vigil With Psalm 51

Another Easter Vigil first for me this past Saturday: playing and singing the fifty-first, which is the designated Scripture that follows Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28 when baptism is not celebrated. I’m a fan of Tom Kendzia’s setting of this, led by … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Liturgical Music, Liturgy, Parish Life | Leave a comment

Susanna’s Day

The fifth Monday in Lent is a favorite day of mine. I remember fifty years ago when I first heard the story of Susanna at daily Mass. It thrilled me then and still gets a goosebump out of me today. … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Scripture | Tagged | 3 Comments

Announcing A Fast

I saw a few bits of fuss about Wednesday being assigned as a day of fasting and prayer for the time of pandemic. Over the years, I’ve seen similar dismay at the suggestion that the day of Transfiguration be assigned … Continue reading

Posted in Art, spirituality | Tagged | 2 Comments

La Guadalupana

One of my favorite story songs for this week’s feast. Plus, “Arrest and Separation” by Arturo Cambron:

Posted in Art, Music | Leave a comment

Beatitudes For The Weary Christian

One of my colleagues on Liturgy Commission shared Katie Cook’s “Beatitudes for the Weary Christian” from Seeds of Hope. I was thinking as I read the title of the handout, “I’m tired today. I really need this.” The one bit … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Commentary, Scripture | Leave a comment

Jesus At Home With Martha And Mary

Henry Ossawa Tanner is one of my favorite painters of religious scenes. His depiction of Jesus visiting his friends may be my #2 favorite painting of his.

Posted in Art, Scripture | Leave a comment

Wood or Stone, Clutter or Plain?

PrayTell has been monitoring developments at a Houston parish, in 2015 here and a few days ago here. The before picture on the 2015 link is illustrative. I noticed a few things in the redecoration: a shift from stone (maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Liturgy | 1 Comment

Corporate Disrespect

Wells Fargo was about the third or fourth company that held my Kansas City mortgage. If I still lived there, I’d have to explore some way of selling the debt to someone else. Or raising such a ruckus they’d give … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Commentary, Science | 3 Comments