“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola



This month sees the 400th anniversary of the death of the great painter and a fellow knight of Malta, Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio.

The blog Rorate Caeli has a most interesting article, and a 50-minute documentary film on his life in Milan and Rome.  It is fascinating, and it would be shame to miss it.  Click here.

Part of the film analyses the painting The Taking of Christ, pictured below, which now hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland.