Category Archives: Art

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge



Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s asking us to share any black and white photos we like — a total free-for-all. It’s open to personal interpretation so I expect even more variety than usual.

I found photos from my trip to London in 2016.



circa 1525

Bernard van Orley, workshop of Netherlandish, c. 1488–1541

Christians celebrated Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down upon Christ’s followers.

In Acts 2 we’re told:

When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.

There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were astounded and amazed, saying,<sup class="footnote" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;" data-fn="#fen-HCSB-26957a" data-link="[a]”>[a] “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that each of us can hear in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking the magnificent acts of God in our own languages.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What could this be?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re full of new wine!”

It’s one of my favorite holidays because it’s when the people were given the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord

St. Hedwig Parish


My parents’ visit to St. John Cantius in the fall inspired me to seek out the most splendid churches in Chicago. I found a useful article  to help me form a list. My first church was St. John Cantius where I attended my first Latin mass.

Figuring the Christmas decorations would still be up, today I went to St. Hedwig in the Bucktown neighborhood.


The church stuns with its beauty as you first enter. Lots of gold and gorgeous polished wood. Ceilings were painted with biblical stories just as they are in Europe.


St. Hedwig’s Nativity scene 

The three Wise Men are due to appear on Epiphany, January 6th.

You can read the St. Hedwig parish history here.

Sunday masses are at:

8:00 am in English
9:30 am in Polish
11:00 am in English
1:00pm in Spanish


Madonna and Child


I love the glory of such art.

Art & the Church

Barbara Nicolosi wrote a wonderful piece that we should all mull over on why art matters to Christianity.
Here’s the first part with a link to the full post:

What We Have Lost and Why it Matters
The sad thing is, if you walked on the street and took a spot survey, asking people to name the Patron of the Arts, few people would say, the Christian Church. People would probably say The Sundance Institute or the National Endowment for the Arts or the Bravo Channel. And they would be right! Hollywood does MUCH more to keep alive the arts than does the Church.
In fact, the testimony of the arts at a typical parish on a Sunday morning, can only be that the arts do not matter a whit to the Church today. I would go so far as to say that the arts in many Christian churches have become a scourge to torment the People of God.

We stagger in to the Church on Sunday morning hoping to find a glimpse of heaven, and we receive the worst vestiges of badly performed pseudo-pop music from the largely stoned, self-important, anti-intellectual folk music era, now only kept alive in our churches. In most cases, what we are exposed to musically in our churches is bad compositions badly executed. Sometimes, it attains to bad composition well-executed, but as poor imitations of what is happening in secular music, generally, the stuff we are hearing in Church is inappropriate to the liturgy in style, excellence and lyricism.

Click to read more.

Deo Gratias


Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. Getting to see the splendid exhibits at Shandong Provincial Museum.
  2. Getting my finals finished and catching up on work. It’s good to feel in control.
  3. Getting to go to Shannon’s for a pot luck dinner. She made a great cherry crisp in a rice cooker. Imagine! I like how we got to eat all these goodies people brought.
  4. The rain we got on Sunday afternoon and Monday, which is good for the flowers and cleans the air.

Deo Gratias


Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • A wonderful weekend visit to a university’s art gallery. We saw lovely ink paintings of flowers and birds. The artist and his wife were there and we found a student who could translate a bit. Then the artist asked if we wanted to see his workshop. It was just a couple blocks away and was fascinating.
  • Some much needed rain on Sunday and Monday.
  • A fabulous banquet on Friday with great food and conversation.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. My English 3 class is reading it.  I’d wanted to get Pride and Prejudice, but there weren’t enough copies. This is another great Austen novel.
  • My muse. God is helping me finish this script I’m working on.



I found this exquisite manuscript online.

Wishes from Christmas Past

vintage baby jesus

The Reason for the Season


New Orleans church