Yesterday was a very important feast day for the Hispanic community--Our Lady of Guadalupe. This painting by Stephen B. Whatley is full of the gorgeous colors so popular in that community. The are mostly primaries, occasionally combining to form purple and green and burst forth from Mary in a joyful way that reminds us of the joy of those who celebrate this feast day.
"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark