The artistic vocation in the service of beauty 3. A noted Polish poet, Cyprian Norwid, wrote that “beauty is to enthuse us for work, and work is to raise us up”.(3) The theme of beauty is decisive for a discourse on art. It was already present when I stressed God's delighted gaze upon creation. In … Continue reading Service of Beauty
"That is why artists, the more conscious they are of their “gift”, are led all the more to see themselves and the whole of creation with eyes able to contemplate and give thanks, and to raise to God a hymn of praise. This is the only way for them to come to a full understanding … Continue reading Creative-ness
To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world. - Letter to Artists, St. John Paul II 1999 When John Paul II passed away in 2005 I watched his Funeral Mass on EWTN. … Continue reading John Paul II
Several months ago when writing this blog post I wasn't thinking anything more would come of it. However like most things I need to sit with it, ponder them before responding to them. I gotta think. So Holy Friday on my way home I listened to Mark Hart on Lino Rulli's Catholic Guy Show. The … Continue reading Jesus, Mary and restoration
I've gotta find my original copy of On the Dignity and Vocation of Women. So after Ruth gave me the copy I set it aside for a while. I got married, moved, started a new ministry and needed to have a more open heart. I needed to be ready to read what the Church's teaching … Continue reading women!
So here we are. Here I am. Resurrection Day. Our Lord is ALIVE! From today's Readings Sequence: Christians, to the Paschal Victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who … Continue reading Resurrection Day
So what was it then that drew me into/back to the Catholic Faith? Well it is and isn't simple. Simple story: I met the man who would one day become my husband, started having some serious faith conversations. Saying I wasn't satisfied in my own faith experience wouldn't be true - I wasn't ready to … Continue reading Holy Saturday
GOOD Friday Yes it is.This is the one day - the only day of the year that Mass is not celebrated. The Communion Service is so beautiful. So beautiful. The Readings for the day are deeply meaningful and rich to be savored. April 18th will forever be a Feast Day (though today will be a … Continue reading Good Friday?
Mary anoints his feet with oil and then Jesus washes the disciples feet just before the guys sit down to eat the Passover meal. It is at this meal, at this moment where we have the beginning of the Priesthood. It's in the washing of their feet - which isn't a particularly pleasant thing - … Continue reading Holy Thursday
There are two other moments, nope 3, that stand out in my faith journey that have such amazing memory. Though they are years apart they are related in a beautiful way. Chrism or Holy (Blessed) Oil is used for several different life events: Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism & Confirmation), anointing those who are sick and … Continue reading Moments of Memory