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On the Catholic Art of the Printed Book, Part II: Block Books

This is the second installment of a multi-part series. You may find each part here:  Part I – Part II – Part III The printing press reduced the cost of book production in late medieval Europe enormously. But printed books did not altogether replace illuminated manuscripts, at least not in the years before the rise of Protestantism. To judge by…

On the Catholic Art of the Printed Book, Part I: Origins

This is the first installment of a multi-part series. You may find each part here:  Part I – Part II – Part III The Cathedral at Aachen is home to one of Christendom’s most impressive treasuries of relics, including four of particular distinction that were gifted to Charlemagne by the Patriarch of Jerusalem in 799: the dress worn by the…

Making Mass “Relevant” is Irrelevant to Evangelization

Many Catholics have witnessed or read about Masses gone wild: polka Masses, life-size scary puppet Masses, and probably worst of all, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress closing Masses. In these extreme cases, it is clear that there is something fundamentally wrong with how the organizers understand the Mass. Yet even some sincere, faithful Catholics wish…

Wednesday Within the Octave of Black Friday — Christmas in Harvard Square

Wednesday within the Octave of Black Friday is traditionally known as “Wachet Auf Wednesday,” a day to spend posting YouTube videos of Bach’s “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” to Catholic Music websites. Because I’ll be celebrating Wachet Auf Wednesday all day today, I do not have time to post here on OnePeterFive. Instead, in…

In Pursuit of the Imago Dei: An Interview With Fr. Barron

Dr. Mark Nowakowski sat down with Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, for this exclusive 1P5 interview. They discuss the image of Christ, masculine spirituality, true beauty, and the nascent artistic renaissance in the Church.   MN: Thank you, Father, for meeting with me today. FRB:…

Listening Like a Catholic: The Discernment of Personal Musical Taste (Part 2)

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on the topic of cultivating a more authentic taste in music. The first part is available here.  In the last article, we discussed some of the criteria by which we may evaluate the quality of a piece of music. We will now move to a music’s craft, which…

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