Pure Joy

A few weeks ago, I went to New York to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art. Although I had visited a similar exhibition some years ago at another museum, these stunning works bear revisiting as often as one has the chance. Matisse started working in the medium of paper cut-outs after...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

Santo Subito!

Pope John Paul II hasn’t even been dead for ten years, and he’s a saint; amazing! How did this happen so quickly? Today we celebrate his first feast day as a saint. When he died on April 2, 2005, the crowds that gathered throughout the Vatican shouted “Santo, subito!” —...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

Getting Back in the Groove

It’s Wednesday after vacation week, and I’m still trying to get back into the groove. I suppose this is the mark of a good vacation, one that is so completely relaxing that it’s difficult to resume the harried pace, take up┬áthe multiple tasks, deal with the ongoing commitments, etc. etc....

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