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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Finally! A Manly Saint Joseph
published 17 March 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

NE OF MY favorite paintings of Saint Joseph is by Jusepe de Ribera. This Spanish Baroque painter was not afraid to make Saint Joseph a strong, handsome father. Joseph holds in his hand a blossoming staff and looks up to his own Father in heaven just as Christ look up at him. I love the austere solemnity of this painting. I think Ribera had a special gift at representing flesh. If you look closely, you can see that Saint Joseph has just the beginnings of a few fine lines around his eyes and on his forehead. It is as if we can read on his face the care he has lavished on Mary and Christ.


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