Feliz Noche Buena!

Christmas Eve is the big day for my family (& many Hispanic families) so we will be celebrating at my godmother's house with a feast. Like on all good holidays, I will probably be enjoying myself too much to take pictures so enjoy some memories from the ghost of Christmas past! Read more: Celebrating “La Befana” [...]

#95. The Virgin of Guadalupe

Art Historical Background Before understanding religious imagery you have to first understand the religion's doctrine and secondly understand the historical context in which the image was created. For example a painting of Jesus has a very different meaning in 4th century Rome than it does in 20th century America. And so it is with the [...]

Catholic Culture: 2018 December Schedule

PDF version of my December 2018 calendar to print December 2018 catholic calendar! Sunday, December 2nd - First Sunday of Advent (Holy Day of Obligation) Time to bust out those advent weathers & calendars! Purple is the color of advent and it is time to light that first candle to begin this pre-Christmas season of [...]

#56. Great Mosque. Córdoba, Spain

Art Historical Background After the Umayyad Dynasty was ousted from Syria by the conquering Abbasid Dynasty they made their way across North Africa to a new home in Andalusia, Spain. The Umayyad prince, Abd al-Rahman I, recreated aspects of his previous capital in his new home, Córdoba. In 786, after Abd al-Rahman conquered the Visigoths, he transformed [...]