• If man is the fallen creature, why does your god punish the other animals as well. They suffer death, disease, weather, and many other miseries as well. Could it be that there is no god, only nature?

  • maxine snyder

    Bravo David Gibson! Brilliant article on a terrific book about Caravaggio and his masterpiece, ‘The Seven Acts of Mercy’ in Naples. In Ward’s illuminating work, the teachings of Pope Francis and Caravaggio’s message converge with poignant power and spiritual insight (let us hope that the Pope does visit Napoli). During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, this inspiring book is a “must read”!

  • Michael Wherly

    What a tour de force. This is such a special article merging Art, Narrative, Faith, and Mercy. And so timely! Can’t wait to read the book and see Caravaggio’s painting. Thank you.

  • Fran

    Yes, man has fallen, but God has lovingly made the way out of that situation through the ransom sacrifice of his son, Jesus (John 3:16), who willingly did that, as well as his upcoming kingdom rule (Isaiah 11:1-5), both of which will put an end to sin, old age and death of man on earth.

    Man has also brought abuse and death to many in the animal kingdom, causing some to face extinction. However, during the kingdom rule, even all animals will be at peace with each other. The wolf will reside with the lamb, the calf and the lion will be together, and the lion will eat straw like the bull. Even a child will play upon the home of a cobra, without fear (Isaiah 11:6-8). All of these blessings will soon come to man from God, who loves us.

  • patrick

    Fr Lorenzo Zorza, an RCC priest friend of mine for 40 some yrs was deeply involved with an international art theft ring by smuggling stolen European old-master paintings into the US via the Holy See diplomatic pouch. He was 3rd ranking diplomat at the Holy See Mission to the UN in NYC many yrs ago. Many if not most of the paintings were Italian masterpieces. Zorza was from Italy and had contacts throughout Europe.

    The exploits of the ring are described in Peter Watson’s best-selling book: “ The Caravaggio Conspiracy “ published by Doubleday in 1984. http://peterwatsonauthor.com/books/the-caravaggio-conspiracy/