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Images of Notre Dame

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Jean Fouquet, 1410

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Noel Ballemare, 1525

Notre Dame is still on my mind. Here are some images from its past. Clearly, it’s fascinated artists through the ages.

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Charles Negre, 1853 ( a negative)

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Paul Signac, 1910

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Matisse, 1902

 


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. New friends who’re willing to explore the city. Saturday I took two Australian teachers to the museum, where we saw this magnificent gold shrine (above).
  2. Tea. It’s a splendid drink, hot or cold. There’s something so pure in a good cup of tea.
  3. Ideas. I’m being blessed with a manageable amount of ideas, from God no doubt, for the story I’m working on.
  4. Horatio Alger books. I’ve read 6 in the last few weeks: Ragged Dick, Struggling Upward, Andy Burke: Only an Irish Boy, Erie Train Boy, Store Boy, and one more. They’re aimed at older kids, but I love the character’s pluck. What’s more these heroes are overall good kids who stand up for the idea of taking the right path and not feeling inferior to those who do the “cool” things like smoke or cheat. I’ve sent my niece and nephew two of them and hope they read and enjoy them.
  5. Healing. I sprained my ankle about two weeks ago and it’s starting to feel like normal.

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:

  1. Easter and the Resurrection! Without this we’d be lost. Forever lost. We tend to forget that, but Easter mass reminds us. I was lucky to get to go to my little Chinese church for Easter mass. Such color and joy!
  2. Easter brunch. Now this is far, far lesser than the Resurrection, but I did enjoy the conversation and food at brunch.
  3. The article below by Barbara Nicolosi on art and the church. It really made me think. We can do much better along these lines. We must.
  4. Shakespeare. It was his birthday on the 23rd. I’m reading Cymbeline, which I confess I never even heard of before. It’s a challenging, though lively read.
  5. My friend Kimberley. I just got an email from her. She’s got an amazing wisdom and outlook.

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.

Click to read more.


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:

  1. Holy Week. It’s intense, but it’s also a wonderful time to draw closer to God and realize the depths of His Love and Jesus’ sacrifice.
  2. The green leaves. The trees are filling out with vivid light green leaves. Life abounds.
  3. A fun and safe weekend in Beijing. It was nice to get to see an old friend, try new food and see what’s at the art museum.
  4. Carrot-ginger-beer cake. I tried it at a new cafe near where I stayed in Beijing. My it was yummy.
  5. My friend Spurgeon. I saw him in Beijing and we had a great time talking about teaching and life in China.

Notre Dame Basilica, Chicago

We went to this beautiful church last Sunday for the feast of the Holy Family.


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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.

Annunciation

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I found this exquisite manuscript online.


Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

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On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. The beautiful Christmas mass we went to at the cathedral on Monday night.
  2. The chance to celebrate Christmas with family members though I did miss my brother, who’s serving our country in the Middle East and my sister and her family out in Conneticutt
  3. The snow we got yesterday so we could have a white Christmas.
  4. Christmas cookies, though too many are a bad thing.
  5. Christmas music that fills the air and the masterpieces that depict the nativity.
  6. And most of all, the birth of Jesus who came to save us all, to die for our sins.