Category Archives: Art

Madonna and Child

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I love the glory of such art.

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Art & the Church

Barbara Nicolosi wrote a wonderful piece that we should all mull over on why art matters to Christianity.
Here’s the first part with a link to the full post:

What We Have Lost and Why it Matters
The sad thing is, if you walked on the street and took a spot survey, asking people to name the Patron of the Arts, few people would say, the Christian Church. People would probably say The Sundance Institute or the National Endowment for the Arts or the Bravo Channel. And they would be right! Hollywood does MUCH more to keep alive the arts than does the Church.
In fact, the testimony of the arts at a typical parish on a Sunday morning, can only be that the arts do not matter a whit to the Church today. I would go so far as to say that the arts in many Christian churches have become a scourge to torment the People of God.

We stagger in to the Church on Sunday morning hoping to find a glimpse of heaven, and we receive the worst vestiges of badly performed pseudo-pop music from the largely stoned, self-important, anti-intellectual folk music era, now only kept alive in our churches. In most cases, what we are exposed to musically in our churches is bad compositions badly executed. Sometimes, it attains to bad composition well-executed, but as poor imitations of what is happening in secular music, generally, the stuff we are hearing in Church is inappropriate to the liturgy in style, excellence and lyricism.

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Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. Getting to see the splendid exhibits at Shandong Provincial Museum.
  2. Getting my finals finished and catching up on work. It’s good to feel in control.
  3. Getting to go to Shannon’s for a pot luck dinner. She made a great cherry crisp in a rice cooker. Imagine! I like how we got to eat all these goodies people brought.
  4. The rain we got on Sunday afternoon and Monday, which is good for the flowers and cleans the air.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • A wonderful weekend visit to a university’s art gallery. We saw lovely ink paintings of flowers and birds. The artist and his wife were there and we found a student who could translate a bit. Then the artist asked if we wanted to see his workshop. It was just a couple blocks away and was fascinating.
  • Some much needed rain on Sunday and Monday.
  • A fabulous banquet on Friday with great food and conversation.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. My English 3 class is reading it.  I’d wanted to get Pride and Prejudice, but there weren’t enough copies. This is another great Austen novel.
  • My muse. God is helping me finish this script I’m working on.

Annunciation

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I found this exquisite manuscript online.


Wishes from Christmas Past

vintage baby jesus


The Reason for the Season

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New Orleans church


Hands of Peace

Hands of Peace

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

I saw this sculpture by Henri Azaz in downtown Chicago on Clark Street at a synagogue and thought it was quite cool. The sculpture consists of English and Hebrew writing.


He Is Risen!

Happy Easter!

An empty tomb!


Glorious Beauty

in New Orleans, French Quarter