A Real Life Love Story (updated)

My mom and dad, 1956
Update to post June 6, 2017: Dad went to heaven three years ago, and waits for mom to join him. I was with my mom on their 61st anniversary and visited Dad’s grave with her.

This love story started in the summer of 1955 when Jeanette, a Minnesota schoolteacher, took a trip […]

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my whole family

What Community Do You Rely On?

Lots of people don’t read past The End in a book. That’s fine for them, but I like to read it all—the acknowledgements, the author bio, the book club questions. Probably because if I liked the book, I’m just not ready to put it down.
Before The Well went to print, I was asked to answer […]

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Descent from the Cross, Peter Paul Rubens

7 Sacred Images of Holy Week

The next few days are the holiest of the liturgical year. Please join me in contemplating seven beautiful works by a few of my favorite artists. These masterpieces bring the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday to life.
The Taking of Christ, Caravaggio
The Denial of St. Peter, Caravaggio
Christ at the […]

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Jesus in The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio

What Did Jesus Really Look Like?

Jesus in The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him.” Isaiah 53:2b
Jesus has been depicted in every possible manner over the last 2,000 years—in gold and silver, oils and watercolor, marble and mosaics. From icons to street […]

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