Verdun (Dennis Aubrey)


As the son of an American soldier, I moved all the time as a child. Seven of my first fifteen years of life were spent in France, two in Verdun. Verdun created the strongest impression on me of perhaps any place that I’ve ever lived. The World War I battlefields are just a few miles […]

✿ Why? ✿ (Dennis Aubrey)


… the “why” of it all is hard to answer. I’m not religious, although I think I have a deep streak of the need to believe, which takes expression in artistic work. I first fell in love with Romanesque architecture because of its beauty, durability, and variety. But over the years studying these buildings, I […]

✜ Abyssus abyssum invocat ✜ (Dennis Aubrey)


Les jugements de Dieu sont des abîmes. Les abîmes de la sagesse, de la miséricorde de Dieu. This phrase “Abyssus abyssum invocat” is full of obscurity, of mysteries impenetrable to reason. The abyss calls to the abyss, the deep calls to the deep. For some, one hell calls for another. But in French, “L’abîme appelle […]

Ephemera (Dennis Aubrey)


✜ Ephemeral things (from Greek εφήμερος – ephemeros, literally “lasting only one day”) are transitory, existing only briefly. ✜ When I was young, our family moved almost every single year of my life so books became my constant companions. The library was my temple, quiet and respectful and filled with mystery, learning, and adventure. The […]

A Sermon (Dennis Aubrey)


It is not often that one hears words that emanated from ones own self read publicly by another voice. It is even more rare to hear them spoken so movingly. Pastor Gordon Stewart of Shepherd Of The Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, Minnesota incorporated our “Elle Chante, Pere” post into his sermon last Sunday. If […]

The passing of Gil Scott Heron


This has nothing to do with medieval cathedrals, perhaps, but it moved me to hear of his passing. Some men have a voice. Gil Scott Heron was one of those. Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) Requiescat in pace. We leave you with your own words.

Ravaillac’s Dream (Dennis Aubrey)


The Rue de la Ferronnerie is a small, two-block long street in Paris on the right bank, less than a quarter of a mile southeast of the Église Saint-Eustache. On that street on May 13, 1610, François Ravaillac of Angoulême committed tyrannicide. A fervent Catholic, he confessed himself and received from a monk a small […]

The Artist (PJ McKey)


During the Romanesque period the arts were pressed into service by the church as a medium of mass-communication with which to address an ever-increasing but largely illiterate public. The teachings of the church, the hierarchy of society, and the relationship of the church and the secular world provided subject the subject matter. But that said, […]