The Silent Night of Fecundity – A noite silenciosa da fecundidade*

Easter is dramatic, and the narrative from Palm Sunday to the Ascension is laden with more twists and turns and ups and downs than anything Aeschylus or even Shakespeare could think up. And there is noise—from the cheers of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem to the jeers of his crucifixion; even the earth quaked at the … Continue reading The Silent Night of Fecundity – A noite silenciosa da fecundidade*

Feast of the Restless Family – A Festa da Família Inquieta

While preaching on yesterday's feast, I was reminded of my visit to Egypt and multiple Coptic Christian sites some ten years ago. The Flight to Egypt (only mentioned by St. Matthew), does receive abundant attention from Christian art, and counts as one of Mary's Sorrows. It is otherwise somewhat overlooked in the Latin tradition--at least if … Continue reading Feast of the Restless Family – A Festa da Família Inquieta

Et Verbum infans factum est (and the Word was made an infant)

When you look into the eyes of an infant, you see someone who sees something you are no longer able to see. The orbs are clear, free of self-reflection, looking outward at the world as it really is, unclouded by disguise and interpretation (even when they are looking at you - a slightly unsettling thought). Recent … Continue reading Et Verbum infans factum est (and the Word was made an infant)

Jesus é simpático?

O ‘Jesus’ higienizado e açucarado que vemos sorrindo languidamente para nós em muitas pinturas piedosas é, na verdade, uma produção recente, tão moderna quanto o 'Marlboro Man' (embora o cowboy fumante se prestasse a ser provavelmente uma representação mais fiel do Senhor). Não nomearei aqui as pinturas mais famosas, pois algumas se relacionam às mais … Continue reading Jesus é simpático?