A Brief Note of Thanks

I want to take a moment to thank all of my subscribers and readers for your kind messages of support over the last seven weeks. The Masses, rosaries, novenas, prayers, and kind gestures have meant a great deal to me and my family. Your charitable actions will not be forgotten.

My Mother was seriously ill for the past few years. I did not write about this, or talk about this openly, whether in print or on the air; some have expressed surprise that I did not share this with my readers. Given the outpouring of kindness from you, perhaps I should have.

However, I did not do so for the simple reason that it was not my illness to share. I respected my Mother’s privacy enough to only speak privately about what was happening to a select few. Thus, you should not expect to read anything further from me regarding this subject at present. Perhaps one day I may change my mind, but the circumstances would have to be very particular.

In the meantime, I am also not quite ready to start writing again. I know I need to do so, but I also need time to reflect on how and why I write, and whether some changes are warranted. To that end, I’m likely going to hold off on posting again until I return from the CNMC in Atlanta, hosted by SQPN. If you happen to be attending – and you should definitely be there – I hope you will come over and say hello.

My most grateful thanks!


Of Your Charity…

Dear Readers:

My Mother died yesterday after suffering a long illness. Therefore I will be taking a break from blogging for a bit, but I will return soon. In the interim, I very humbly ask you to please say a prayer for the repose of her soul.

Thank you and God bless you.


Masterpieces in Madrid: Rogier van den Weyden Exhibition Announced at The Prado

Now may be a very good time for you to schedule a trip to Madrid. Today the Prado has announced a major exhibition featuring three of the most important paintings by the 15th century Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden, arguably the greatest of all Netherlandish artists of the Middle Ages. The occasion is the display of his recently restored “Crucifixion” altarpiece from the Escorial, which will be exhibited alongside the Prado’s famous “Deposition” and the “Miraflores Altarpiece” from Berlin for the first time, along with other, accompanying works to provide context.

Of the three, I have only seen van der Weyden’s “Deposition” in person, and it is not what you might think. This is not some small, delicate little jewel, like a page from an illuminated manuscript. The thing is HUGE; the figures look like painted works of sculpture, rather than flat images on a flat surface. It is a miracle of Medieval art.

This and indeed many other aspects of these three magnificent paintings are better perceived in person rather than in photographs. However in this instance, I think the images of all three of these works should give you pause to consider visiting the Spanish capital this Spring. Or at least, gentle reader, you ought to consider getting a copy of the exhibition catalogue.


The Deposition


The Miraflores Altarpiece


The Escorial Crucifixion