Category Archives: Fine Arts

Pagan Greeks Saw Easter Coming 500 Years Before It Happened!

Sorrow! Sorrow! Very few days pass but that we don’t hear of some new sorrow. A job is lost, a troubled marriage…a near relation passes away, serious illness falls, dashing promises and hopes…a calamity strikes affecting the national interest…a friend loses his … Continue reading

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Is the Four-Hymn Mass What the Church Really Wants?

Happy Fiftieth Anniversary Musicam Sacram ! What is Musicam Sacram? Published on March 5th, 1967, Musicam Sacram is the official Instruction on Music issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Musicam Sacram is the document … Continue reading

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Lent and Liberal Learning

Some things are never out of season and liberal education is one of them. As a matter of fact the Holy season of Lent provides the Christian with an opportunity to focus on the first thing that anyone should know about … Continue reading

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Open Letter to My Daughter(s)

Is there anyone who was not profoundly touched by the flurry of open letters that loving parents wrote to their daughters concerning the recent election of our new president? (for example here and here and here) Ms. Sallie Krawcheck consoles her daughter after the … Continue reading

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Glimpsing God’s Grace Off Broadway

Last weekend my wife, Stephanie, and I found ourselves sitting in the Manhattan Theater Club on West 55th Street in New York City. Why? Well, to watch John Patrick Shanley’s (of Tony, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize fame) latest Off-Broadway hit about … Continue reading

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Easter Brunch – Resurrexit!

Happy Easter to all! Easter Brunch 2015! I will let the photos tell the story.

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Reading Dickens

Every summer I have made it my habit to read a Dickens novel. “Yes,” you say “I have heard that before. The fact is that you have not read a Dickens novel for the past two-if not three summers!” Well … Continue reading

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The Vision of Beauty

It’s tough to claim that I am totally unbiased here, but I really do think that the American artist Carl Schmitt is someone that has provided all of us with something with which to feast our weary souls… souls starving … Continue reading

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The Lyceum: Making the Extraordinary Ordinary

Yesterday The Lyceum celebrated its Ninth Annual Commencement Exercises and as is now traditional the day began with Holy Mass. I think an alternate motto for The Lyceum should be “making the extraordinary ordinary” because that is what happens just … Continue reading

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Fr.C. John McCloskey on Carl Schmitt

Wow! This article about Stephanie’s grandfather was a welcome surprise!! Here are a couple paintings that Fr. McCloskey featured Madonna in Black Kerchief by Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) The Sower by Carl Schmitt (1889-1989)

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