Here’s Why You Hate Round Churches

2014-12-05T10:40:45-04:00December 5th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY. Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, "I just love that church! It is so inspiring!". No. Never. Have you ever gone into a "worship space" like this and heard someone say how awed [...]

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The Vulnerability of Beauty

2014-11-14T13:03:30-04:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Architecture|Tags: |

The Abbey of St Antimo, Tuscany, Italy A friend of mine once exclaimed, "Oh, the vulnerability of beauty in a world of useful things!" What he was observing is the fact that beauty cuts across utilitarian and economic ideals. Of course a thing that is efficient and useful might also be beautiful, but something [...]

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Closing Churches Closes Faith

2014-06-19T07:37:59-04:00June 19th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary Culture|Tags: , , |

Architect Michael Tamara comments here on the closure of historic churches in the Northern cities of the US. His main point is that the churches were built by our ancestors who were much poorer than we are, but who had faith, knew how to work hard, and above all--were willing to make great sacrifices to build [...]

Materialism, Manicheanism and the Matrix

2012-12-04T10:16:24-04:00December 4th, 2012|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you remember that stylish film The Matrix? The hero, Neo Anderson, exists in a dull, conformist, monotone and monochrome world. Then he wakes up and is "born again" and enters the world of adventure and risk which is the real world. What I find curious about modern American Catholicism is that it is similarly monotone and [...]

The Temple and the Garden of God

2012-11-27T09:50:55-04:00November 27th, 2012|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , , , |

In reading Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet's Jesus A Theography I enjoyed the second chapter the most. Frank and Leonard aim to show how Jesus Christ is echoed and reflected in every part of the Scriptures. They build up a full picture of Christ the Lord--not just by trying to reconstruct the "historical Jesus" (that exercise usually [...]

Mantilla the Hon on Modern Churches

2012-04-30T19:53:36-04:00April 30th, 2012|Categories: Mantilla the Hon|Tags: , , |

Guest blogger Mantilla Amontillado is the founder of Veritas Vestments. She holds a degree in Ecclesiastical Haberdashery from Salamanca University. She has done the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella three times on horseback and is engaged to the famous matador, Senor Augusto Torquemada. Listen to me for a minute hon. I am coming back from United [...]


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