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Faith and Art

 

Throughout the centuries art has been deeply woven into the beautiful tapestry of our faith.  Paintings, sculptures, stained glass and architecture not only express our faith but, in a very real sense, allow us to participate in God’s creation.  

 

From St./Pope John Paul II in a letter to artists:

Through his “artistic creativity” man appears more than ever “in the image of God”, and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous “material” of his own humanity and then exercising creative dominion over the universe which surrounds him. With loving regard, the divine Artist passes on to the human artist a spark of his own surpassing wisdom, calling him to share in his creative power.

You are invited to click on these images to create your ‘sacred place’ for prayer and reflection. (For full screen touch image a second time)

Michelangelo’s Pieta

The sacrifice that transcends time. May reflect on image when praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son

Mercy without limits

The Vision of St. Francis By Italian Baroque artist Pietro da Cortona (1596-1660).

Reflection: Francis’s vision of his mission, what is Christ’s mission for me? In the words of St. Francis, “You are totally lovable because you exist”, So where does Christ want to take you?

creation-man

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo    God’s creative, loving and purposeful hand reached out and lifted you into existence just as you are. God’s is the hand of a skilled craftsman with a plan. Adam’s hand is limp but ready to receive the master craftsman’s image. God willed you, as a totally unique and infinitely loved individual. No matter what our circumstances we are always held in God’s loving hand. But what of the space between God and Adam’s fingers? A space of freedom, we can choose to accept or reject God’s love. God opened himself to the possibility of rejection. How are you using this awesome freedom you’ve been given? Use this image to reflect on the miracle of your creation and the profound meaning of your freedom.