“To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new ‘Epiphanies’ of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world.” ~ St. John Paul II (Letter to Artists, 1999)
Again, welcome! And a heartfelt thank you for stopping by. We are very glad you did.
Why Once Upon a Catholic et alia?
Well—we are fans of art—movies, books, music, Netflix, even mixed media. We are a couple of sisters wanting to laugh, cry, feel, and discuss! Once Upon a Catholic is our virtual café, a place to temporarily escape from the complexities of the world and our everyday lives.
Fans of the Catholic Faith and Others
Secondly, we are fans of the faith! We love our Catholic faith. It has helped us on our journey, and we are excited to share with others the discovered heroes who have championed our traditions and inspired us—we want to shine a spotlight on those Catholics who work tirelessly to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
We also want to highlight the Catholic converts, too. Not lukewarm Catholics by any stretch of the imagination–so many amazing teachers and defenders of the faith (Dr. Scott Hahn, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, and so many others). Listening to them makes us feel as if we are still standing at the starting line, blinking away their dust. There are so many non-Catholics who have inspired us, too, and we are just as excited to blog about them. We happened to be raised Catholic—our paths could have gone in a different faith direction. Our genealogy shows two grandmothers marrying two non-Catholic grandfathers. The grandmother’s influence was stronger and that led us to where we are today–Catholic.
Art, Music, Faith, Family and History
Finally, this website is about bringing the two together—where art and faith meet…and a little history. We loooooove talking about those who create and if they were inspired or influenced by their faith….as an example, J.R.R. Tolkien, who tops as a favorite Catholic author, said that “All who wander are not lost.” This blog is about searching for stories, music, art that inspire beauty and truth.
So, if you have a few extra minutes, grab a cup of tea or coffee and wander on over to our blog or check us out on one of the social media links below. In the end, the search for inspiring art is a noble business, and as St. John Paul II also said in his Letter to Artists: “Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.”
Here’s to new adventures and finding art that makes the world a better place.