Our Catholic Heritage

Hi all!  We’re trying something a little different this month to accompany the new Home Lesson entitled Our Catholic Heritage.  It just seemed fitting that a lesson with beauty as one of the subjects should feature some inspiring images, and once we started down that road there were a few other things that also seemed to work well in this format.

As always, we value your comments.  Let us know if you found this to be a helpful supplement and if you have any other specific suggestions for ways we can incorporate technology into what we do.  Also, since this is new we’d like to issue a couple disclaimers up front:

While we recommend the Vatican, USCCB, and our diocesan site without reservation, we would like to be clear that when we direct you to another site via one of our links we are not necessarily endorsing the whole site, but are just referring you to an individual post.

And, as always, Family Formation does not ever recommend children be allowed on the internet without adult supervision.

Having said that, the pictures and links below go with the various corresponding sections of this month’s Home Lesson.

Pope Benedict blesses the new facilities of the Vatican Observatory on September 17, 2009.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Vatican Observatory, watch the very short news clip below and visit their website.

Thanks to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for the photo.

Katharine Drexel, age 7.  (Image Credit: Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament)

Visit the Vatican’s website to learn more about the life of Saint Katharine Drexel.

Pages from illuminated manuscripts:

An illuminated page from a history of Hungary copied about 1360. (Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art)

An illuminated page from a history of Hungary copied about 1360. (Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art)

This opening page from the book of Ecclesiastes was hand written and illustrated on parchment in about 1460.  (Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art)

“Legend has it that the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cedar table taken from the home of the Holy Family.” (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Pieta by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. There are many paintings and sculptures entitled Pieta and all depict the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the dead body of her Son, Jesus. In this version, she is looking right back at the viewer, drawing us into the scene. Everyone is very sad and Mary’s look seems to say “it was for your sin that my Son gave up His life.”

“Of course, we have no photos of Jesus, Mary, or most of the saints, but paintings can help us connect with them in ways that we cannot if we just read about them.” (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Fra Angelico’s Annunciation. Notice how his use of color brings out the details of the story: Adam and Eve in darkness and sin being banished from the Garden of Eden, Mary in her traditional blue, and the Angel Gabriel accented in heavenly gold. (Image credit: Web Gallery of Art)

See pictures of  beautiful new sacred art and architecture at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin here.

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One Comment on “Our Catholic Heritage”

  1. Tony Barbato Says:

    Family Formation Staff – These web additions to the lessons are fantastic!! We have really enjoyed using them throughout this first lesson of the year. We hope that you continue to provide more web links in future lessons! We especially enjoyed investigating the Vatican Observatory website and watching a video clip of Pope Francis being given a tour of the facilities.


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