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Vain, stubborn, and inclined to do the right thing

Walter Isaacson — who, as the biographer of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, knows something about difficult men — wrote that America’s second president “could...

Living with faith but battling depression

The poet Dennis Hall describes attending a graveside service with a group of friends and his wife, who was at that time dying of...

Contemplating the image of Christ crucified

Only about 20 works by the Renaissance artist Matthias Grünewald survive, the most famous being the Isenheim Altarpiece, with an agonizing crucifixion scene at...

The shared vision of the pope and the film director

Wim Wenders, the German director of the documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” counts among his influences the painter Andrew Wyeth, who...

The man who found his vocation with a camera

He was a fashion photographer who worked in Manhattan and regularly went to Paris runway shows, yet he used duct tape to repair his...

An evening of blue note spirituality

No Catholic theologian would refer to the author of the Book of Revelation as “John the Revelator.” Yet when Son House sings about the...

‘Love’ in Latin and Spanish, and colorful aluminum

To honor Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public...

A poet finds joy in both art and faith

After his parents divorced, Michael White briefly lived with his mother, but she would regularly make him ask his father to “take” him. “She’d...

Businessman made an impression in art world

With his full beard and sometimes wearing a beret, Claude Monet looked like an artist, and it’s easy to imagine him creating those short,...

‘Mad Men’ and the depression of Don Draper

About four years ago, I had to take the long flight to New Zealand to give a retreat to the priests of the diocese...
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