A church I am familiar with is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The construction of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart began in 1875, however it was not completely finished until 1923. The Basilica is of neo-Gothic style and was dedicated to Our…


There are a variety of genres of sacred music. This includes chant, polyphony, opera, and popular songs and hymns. While differing, each genre emphasizes the act of prayer as they work with the sacred text. Each genre has specific characteristics that work to highlight the text and allow for a…


According to Jean-Luc Marion, the image as we understand it in our age no longer connects to any reality and need not be understood at the end of the world because we can think of images as always pointing toward something invisible and in fact, the true image, the icon…


The liturgy is a form of public worship performed by a religious group, especially in the Christian faith. The presumption is that the purpose of liturgy is to move you in a specific way. One must feel a sense of transcendence. According to Guardini, “The liturgical entity consists rather of…


Divine revelation can be defined as what God has revealed about God’s very existence himself, as mediated through scripture and tradition together. This allows one to understand the meaning of the word of God. Divine revelation is said to be connected to a will of God that cannot be perceived…


According to Hans-Georg Gadamer, beauty is described by three characteristics. Beauty is playful, beauty is symbolic, and beauty is festive. Beauty as play seems to be a central focus of Gadamer’s hermeneutic thinking and acts as the basis for his account of art and understanding. Play can be understood as…

Sarah Walters

Junior at The University of Notre Dame, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. South Bend native and avid baker.

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