Dormition of the Virgin at Chora church in Istanbul

A Birth, a Death, and a Portrait of Mary You’ve Never Seen

At Christmas I'm haunted by T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Journey of the Magi.” The tone of the poem is so different from the jovial jingle of silver bells or the nostalgic calm of “Silent Night.” In Eliot’s imagination, the wise men’s visit to Bethlehem was more than a pilgrimage to worship, it was a reckoning. …

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Emotional Women: Grief Contained and Grief Exposed at Santa Maria della Vita

When I walked through the doors of Santa Maria della Vita, a baroque church on a side street in Bologna, Italy, it took awhile for my eyes to adjust to the dim interior. A friend had told me there was something in this church that I needed to see. I made my way to a …

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