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John O'Brien
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Kurelek in Niagara Falls
For a period of six years, 1957-1963, Canadian artist William Kurelek gave himself the task of painting the story of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Nobody, to our knowledge, had ever painting a Gospel sentence by sentence, and the fin...

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Feast of the Canadian Martyrs - Sept 26 in Canada. The little-known series of drawings on St. Jean de Brebeuf by Canadian artist William Kurelek are kept in Martyrs' Shrine, Midland, Ontario

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The Brebeuf Drawings of William Kurelek
One of the hidden treasures of the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario, is the set of drawings by William Kurelek depicting the Jean de Brebeuf and his companions, the 17th century Jesuits, whose gentle missionary life among the Huron or Wendat people came ...

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10 popular songs that point to the transcendent:

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Ten Popular Songs Pointing to the Transcendent
One of the most-viewed posts on this blog was called "Ten Secular Songs with Religious Themes" . Over the years it has received thousands of hits. Now, I'm not so much that person who scours the pop cultural landscape with a magnifying glass looking for obl...

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Is being single a vocation? In which I take a position on the question in an article just out in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

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I'm reminded today of how much "Groundhog Day" was one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Review of the classic film, worth watching every year on Feb 2:  http://johnobrien.blogspot.com/2015/02/review-groundhog-day.html

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Andy Warhol in Toronto
Today I popped into the Andy Warhol exhibit (no pun intended) on Bloor Street. There was a very large stack of Campbell's vegetable soup cans (which were very real). Then I caught Vladimir Lenin  scowling at me, both in black and red. Despite his many compl...

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