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An Image for Good Friday: The Isenheim Altarpiece

Here is my favorite picture of the Crucifixion. It’s Matthias Grünewald’s Isemheim Altarpiece located in Colmar, France. I first saw it in Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism DVD series in Episode 2: “Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus”, and was instantly captivated by it. Between seeing the image and hearing Fr. Barron’s commentary (transcribed below), I felt […]

The Introductions to The Passion of the Christ

The gospels have been described by one 19th century German theologian as “passion narratives with long introductions”.  The good news that Christians had to tell–indeed the only news they had to tell–was not that Jesus was a moralist, or a miracle worker, or pro-life, or told some nifty stories.  It was that he was God incarnate who […]

Worshiping in Church Or: How To See the Invisible Through the Visible

Our earthly worship environment should help us see what we can’t see. It should strive to imitate its heavenly counterpart, which we glimpse through Revelation. Too often our liturgical are, music and architecture bow to utility and economy, when they should bow to the transcendent. John’s vision inspires us to rethink the ways we design […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 2

—from Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections Lent Day 27 – Why Your Body Matters for Prayer Christian prayer is embodied prayer. In C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters we discovered an experienced devil giving lessons to a young temptor. At one point, the veteran orders his young charge to encourage his ‘client,’ a budding Christian, to envision prayer as […]

On Worshiping With Our Whole Being — Body and Soul, Pt. 1

God united divinity and humanity in the person of Christ not to free us from our bodies but to redeem them and all creation. God made us with souls and bodies. God wants us to worship him with our whole being—body and soul. Bowing and kneeling, robes, thrones and crowns, white, scarlet and purple, incense, […]