Thursday, May 31, 2007

The day after the Feast of St. Joan of Arc, commonly known as The Visitation

Joan of Arc, Jules Bastien-Lepage

Joan of Arc, Dante Gabrielle Rosesetti

For my patron saint feast day I purchased a nice book of French poetry by Paul Eluard, seeing it a fitting and noble idea that St. Jeanne would approve of I think, and following is the poem I enjoyed most so far:

Death In Conversation

Who else has your face?
The good and the bad
Imaginable beauty
Infinite gymnastics
In mobility surpassing
Colors and kissing
Grand gestures in the night.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Pentecost Quilt, Linda Schmidt

Pentecost, Sawai Chinnawong

"And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them."
from the first reading (Acts)

"Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”"
From the Gospel (John)

Pentecost is probably the best biblical event to represent with abstract painting I think. Also, of note, why no surrealist paintings of this? There are flying flaming tongues after all.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

of work and Hemingway and Kerouac

So, after my now daily Dairy Queen run at work, my fellow colleges discussed Mr. Hemingway and Mr. Kerouac, who both happen to be Catholic, and I found a few little interesting Catholic tidbits about them, which will follow.

Mr. Hemingway, though he committed suicide, was given a requiem and buried in hallow ground in Ketchum, Idaho. This was after the ecclesiastical authority determined he wasn't fully culpable for his actions.

Kerouac said to the New Your Times shortly before his death: " 'I'm not a beatnik. I'm a Catholic.' After pointing to a painting of Pope Paul VI, Kerouac noted, 'You know who painted that? Me.'"

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Easter Seventh Sunday

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last,
the beginning and the end."
from the second reading (Revelations)

"I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me."
from the gospel (John)

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Eye Balloon, Odilon Redon

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

from the first reading (Acts)

Monday, May 14, 2007

A day After the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Emptiness, Leon Silver

"I saw no temple in the city
for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb.
The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gave it light,
and its lamp was the Lamb."
from the second reading (Revelation)

"‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father."
from the Gospel (John)

Yer Blues, Leon Silver

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Sunday Five of Eastertide

Sea Love and Music A, Mandy Sand

Sea Love and Music B

"Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more"
from the second reading (Revelation)

"I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
from today's Gospel (John)

In the end.....even the sea fades away...

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