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Far from dreading an encounter with the Iroquois, Fr. Garnier often told us he would be quite content to fall into the hands of the Iroquois and remain their prisoner if—while they were torturing him—he at least had a chance of instructing them as long as his torments lasted. If they allowed him to live, it would afford him a golden opportunity to work for their conversion, which was now impossible, since the gateway to their country was closed as long as they were our enemies.
— Father Ragueneau (Jesuit Relations)

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A Visual Chronicle of Parish Life: Day 1
published 24 February 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

HIS WEEK I will post a different painting of parish life each day. I would venture to say that the customs of Catholic culture are even more beautiful than all the artwork they has produced. May these images be an inspiration to you as you look forward to a year of May crownings, First Communions, Corpus Christi processions, and midnight masses.

Today’s painting is by Joaquin Sorolla, a Spanish Luminist from the beginning of the last century. He is most known for his paintings of children in seascapes, but he also painted many wonderful images Spanish Catholicism. Among them is this painting, “The Baptism.”

Perhaps a few of the parishioners will strike you as rather familiar: The man saying the rosary in the front pew, the two people talking in church, the little girl dressed in her Sunday best and flanked by a mother and an aunt who know of her wild streak… I could swear I saw them all at mass yesterday.


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