What Child Is This? by Robert Royal

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*Image: Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci, 1481 [Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy]. Da Vinci was commissioned by the Augustinian monks of San Donato in Scopeto (just outside the city walls of Florence), but, as he often did, Leonardo left for a richer commission at the court of Ludovico Sforza in Milan. He never returned to Florence to complete the Adoration.

By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 23, 2022

Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent books are Columbus and the Crisis of the West and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.


‘Tis not the season for arguments, but rather for warmth, generosity, family, fellowship, even a little indulgence of what at times can be dangerous – sentimentality. And Christmas is not only December 25 – in the traditional Christian dispensation – but an Octave (8 days, ending January 1). Prior to Vatican II, observances could last as long as 20 or 40 days (and still do for the Traditional Latin Mass, until the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple).

As was – and is – only fitting, since it’s not every day that the God who made Heaven and earth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the long-awaited Messiah, becomes man and dwells among us. …

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