Memorial of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

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St. Paul by Carvaggio

The painting of the conversion of St. Paul above is by Carvaggio. If Paul can be welcomed into the church, so can you. So can any of us. As my four year old said after listening to Justin Bieber, “It’s never too late to say sorry.” More after the jump:

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How a Thrice Divorced Tattoo Artist Became a Benedictine Monk

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Benedictine MonkThe Statesman Journal tells the story of Brother Andre Love, who, before becoming a Benedictine monk and iconographer, was a thrice divorced tattoo artist struggling with addiction. Read his story from Tom Rastrelli here: How a Thrice Divorced Tattoo Artist Became a Benedictine Monk

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Marked for Christ

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Anna Keating writes in America that “the symbols of Catholicism—crosses, icons, rosaries, paintings and medals—easily translate into tattoo art . . . the saints of today may look different than those of ages past.” A story of two young Catholics and their religious tattoos here: Marked for Christ

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TCC Video: Atlanta’s Murals Create Community

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Jaime Rojo street art

Public art has the power to help create community and a sense of place. It reduces crime and increases beauty. It also makes people think. We admire Atlanta’s Living Walls project. It’s in The Huffington Post here: 20 Murals From Atlanta’s Living Walls. Watch a video about the artists after the jump:

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Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary

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Navajo Mary

Happy birthday Mary! We don’t know from either scripture or tradition where or when Mary was born, but her nativity has been celebrated since the early days of the Church. More from Melissa Musick after the jump. Buy icons here. Buy our book here.

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