To understand me and where I come from, I have to share that I was raised Catholic. From baptism to first communion to confirmation, I went through all the CCD motions. (I was lucky enough not to attend Catholic school — dodged a bullet there.) Needless to say, I am very familiar with hellfire imagery, bloody thorns, the Our Father prayer, and Virgin Mary knickknacks, and I thought all other religions were similarly filled with threats of going to hell.
Though I’m not religious today, I have never stopped being fascinated by the Catholic church — the art, relics (so many teeth and bones!), the art and iconography — and there are some amazing blogs that channel Catholic history for a contemporary audience. All the Saints You Should Know (tagline: “Bodies, Bones, Relics, Lore and Oddities From the Catholic Church”) is a favorite, and she recently turned me on to Sacred Tarts, a blog which chronicles Catholic-inspired baked goods; her tagline is “Catholicism for the Cosmo generation,” so, yeah. I’m talking about stigmata cookies, “Pope pops,” the Last Supper chocolate bars, and the amazing “body of Christ” cupcake above. She’s also made a pretty snazzy corporal mortification cake (read: flogging) that does double duty as a 50 Shades of Grey kinda dessert.