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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 fill your screen with these images to create your ‘sacred place’ for prayer and reflection.

Michelangelo’s Pieta

Michelangelo’s Pieta stands in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican The sacrifice that transcends time. Christ, in all his pure innocence took upon himself the sins, sorrows and sufferings of all humanity. Reflect on this image before confession or when praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son

Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son. Reflection-“Mercy without limits”

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

Reflection: St. 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.” Where does Christ want to take you?

creation-man

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, the center of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican 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.

 

 

Mary had no pretense.  Her faith and integrity shine throughout history.  That she trusted God so completely is why we look so adoringly to her example.  This famous, yet anonymous painting is a beautiful image to reflect upon during a quiet prayer time.
Madonna della Strada (Our Lady of the Streets). Mary had no pretense. Her faith and integrity shine throughout history. That she trusted God so completely is why we look so adoringly to her example. This famous, yet anonymous painting is a beautiful image to reflect upon during a quiet prayer time.