About Carrie Gress

Prior to my life as mother and author, I traveled extensively and lived in France, Rome, and Poland. One of my first articles was about a high-end hotel in heart Krakow, Poland, written for a travel industry magazine.

I have always found it exhilarating to explore the foreign, but particularly countries that boast a Christian past - and even better if they have a Christian future. I'm intrigued to see how Christ and his Mother, the saints and religious symbols, are included into the fabric of everyday - from the simple, such as Christmas ornaments and holy cards, to the elaborate, in soaring architecture and priceless paintings.

Having spent years studying the philosophical side of beauty, there is no reason why we can't reclaim beauty in our every day lives and let go of the kitsch that is so prevalent in Catholic art and objects.

Not everything here is overtly Catholic, but everything will have something that can reach a Catholic soul. This is the true capacity of beauty - it is the breathe of God. All true beauty comes from him, so whatever captures you, renews your sense of wonder, fills you with awe, enlivens your heart, or helps quiet your soul with peace, has its source in Our Lord.

 
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