Emi Parker

Emi Parker is a graduate of George Mason University, where she majored in English and concentrated in Medieval Renaissance Literature. A Washington-state native, she currently teaches English and Computers at Paul VI Catholic High School in Virginia. With help from G.K. Chesterton and others, she converted to the Catholic Church in 2009 and has been blessed by the communities in the Arlington Diocese ever since.

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Painting People

I recently completed this portrait of my friend’s little niece. At some point, whenever I paint a person, the accumulated sketches and brushstrokes suddenly communicate the likeness of that person–as if the real subject glances out at me from the canvas. I usually get this brief glimpse partway into painting and spend the rest of …

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The Magi and Modern Times

Once upon a time, angels directed shepherds to the Christ Child’s manger; how much harder it seems to find God in our midst today. Have the processes of intellectual evolution rendered faith impracticable—obsolete? One contemporary writer considers just a few of the difficulties that Christianity poses to the modern mind: The difficulty begins with the …

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Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene

The works of William Shakespeare abound with the truths of the Catholic faith. Especially in his later plays (often called the “romances”), Shakespeare focuses his poetic imagination on the mysteries of grace, redemption, and resurrection. The results are surprising, strange, and wonderful stories that can do far more than entertain us. When he needed to …

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From the Belly of the Dragon

“Can a man who’s warm understand one who’s freezing?” This is the question pondered by Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a prisoner at a forced-labor camp in the Soviet Gulag system. Shukhov is the imagined narrator of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Though Shukhov may be fictional, his experiences come out …

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