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Jews Vs. Samaritans: Origin of Conflict

The Good Samaritan by Jacob Jordaens Wikimedia public domain
We all know the phrase ‘good samaritan’. In our day and age, it means someone who selflessly helps another with no expectation of reward. But Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan was more than just a tale of a charitable act toward a stranger. Choosing a Samaritan […]

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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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grapes and grape leaves

Wine in Ancient Israel

photo courtesy of Freefoto
The word wine is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible, either in a real or symbolic sense.
Take, for example, Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
that they may run after strong drink,
who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
Or from Isaiah 25:6
On this […]

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