The Catholic Church is filled with symbols and images meant to be visual reminders of our faith. These symbols tell a story and often reveal a powerful message. Besides the cross—the most recognizable image of the Catholic faith — the Miraculous Medal, or the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is another popular image that’s rich with meaning. Read More →Pin It
As you read this our fellow Christians in Iraq are being slaughtered for their religious beliefs. We as Catholic Christians stand united against genocide and religious discrimination.
Iraqi Christians are being marked with the Arabic symbol for “N”, we too proudly display it in solidarity for those killed in Iraq. The “N” stands for Nazarene. They are being branded, beaten and killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Please pray for those affected by these tragedies.
O Lord, we cry to you, with deep pain in our hearts and souls.
Our hearts ache, because of genocide caused by
the lust for power,
cruel hatred for others,
because of their religious differences.
God of all, the heavens weep, the winds whisper
through this great world you have created.
We hear and feel the weeping in our own souls.
Open our eyes and cleanse our souls
that we may always remember the awful injustices.
Last month I purchased a medal of St. Catherine of Bologna. I bought this while I was starting on a painting of St. Catherine. I took an interest in her after seeing the movie Monuments Men. I’ve always had an interest in history of all kinds and I’ve also found that art is the best way to explore history. With those interests combined, that leads to research. When I start on a painting, I like to research what I paint. I would just like to share the photo of my painting with you, which is 11″x14″ and done in acrylic on linen. Right now I am starting on a painting of Joan of Arc.
In the fall I plan on showing this piece at Phillip’s Mill in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The crucifix is one of the most recognizable images in the world and for many it evokes a range of emotions. The crucifix is a powerful image. Unlike a simple cross, the wall crucifix features the figure of Christ being crucified. This raw, visual reminder of how much Jesus suffered can be difficult to look at. Yet, as sorrowful as this image is, it’s also a beautiful, triumphant image. It reminds us that Jesus’ suffering was for our benefit—our sins will be forgiven and we will gain everlasting life; after our death, we’ll experience no more pain, suffering, sadness, or anything bad. Read More →Pin It
From the first moment Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica soon after being elected pope, Catholics around the world have been captivated by the man chosen to lead the Catholic Church. What fascinates so many people about Pope Francis is his humility and simplicity. Read More →Pin It
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Angela sent us these wonderful photos and description on how she is honoring Mary in her garden. We love to see the photos and inspiration from our happy customers!
“Here are the pictures from my yard for my Our Lady of Lourdes statue you made me. She is so beautiful and I am so proud to share this with you. Here grotto is made out Of marble hand carved from Italy over 150 years ago. My father had the marble from A church that was torn down and he was given the marble from the priest and has Been sitting under his deck for over 10 years.”Pin It
Besides Mary, Mother of Jesus, the other well-known Mary in the New Testament is Mary Magdalene. These two prominent figures in the Catholic Church share the same name, but that’s where their similarities end. Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene couldn’t be more different. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without original sin and was pure, while Mary Magdalene was a sinner and a prostitute.
Or was she?
As with many figures in the Bible, Mary Magdalene’s life is up to much debate and interpretation. Mary Magdalene is often confused with another Mary—Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus) and is often believed to be the penitent woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair.
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For her feast day, we offer a prayer to the Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel.
Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (insert your request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands. Amen.