The work of attention

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 12/03/2016

December. This year, the night of the eve of the first day, the wife and I found ourselves in the midst of a rainstorm on our way to visit my mother-in-law. Luckily, we had kept rubber boots…

Our tattered mortal dress

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/22/2016

In 1885, the French painter Jacques Joseph Tissot, who changed his first name to James, experienced a reawakening of his Catholic faith. His mother, Marie Durand, herself a Catholic, had made sure that he would grow up…

Raphael and his ostrich

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/15/2016

Langston Hughes wrote a short poem entitled “Justice”: That Justice is a blind goddess Is a thing to which we black are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes. Hughes was a…

There’s something about Martha

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 07/16/2016

In 1618, the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez painted “Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.” The work, done in oil on canvas, depicts two women in the kitchen, one young, the other elderly. The young woman,…

The sinful woman

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 06/11/2016

As a teenager, I heard of two sisters who had come to live in our town, and who people said were prostitutes. I grew up in a quiet rural environment, with practically no contact with urban centers.…

Raphael’s ‘transfiguration’

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 02/20/2016

The 16th-century art historian Giorgio Vasari hailed “The Transfiguration” as Raphael’s “most beautiful and most divine” work. At the Louvre, where it stayed for a time, it competed with Titian’s “The Death of St. Peter Martyr” for…

The face of evil

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 02/13/2016

The 16th-century Portuguese painter and art critic Francisco da Hollanda hailed his contemporary, the Flemish artist Simon Bening, as the greatest master of illumination (the decoration of manuscripts) in all of Europe. While boning up on Bening,…

Social media as tool for spreading the gospel

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Vanessa Claire Lucero 01/27/2016

Use social media to evangelize. This was the challenge posed by Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, USA, in response to the growing number of Catholics who either stopped going to Mass or converted to other religions.…

God’s wise ways

Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles Jr. 02/05/2014

(4th Week in Ordinary Time) 1st Reading:   2 Sam 24: 2, 9-17 / Gospel: Mk 6:1-6 Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began teaching in the synagogue,…

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