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“So, as in delirium a man talks in a long-forgotten tongue, now—when her heart is rent—the Catholic Church drops twenty centuries without an effort, and speaks as she spoke underground in Rome, and in Paul’s hired house, and in Crete and Alexandria and Jerusalem.”
— A non-Catholic describing the “Hagios O Theos” of Good Friday in 1906

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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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