Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart
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Art – The Slow Gaze of the Contemplative Heart

Art can speak to our deepest feelings, calling forth our own creative response to the creativity of the artist. Just as we can be moved by a beautiful sunset, or seeing the smile of a child, or hearing a wonderful musical symphony, often without knowing why, so a painting or sculpture can move us beyond…

Corona-Time: An Artist’s Impression
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Corona-Time: An Artist’s Impression

This new painting is called Corona-time. It is the result of having plenty of time at home, where I paint a few hours every day. I try to explain the meaning.There is the road of life of a person and his home (middle bottom). It is wintertime: snowflakes and bare trees. It is snowing and…

Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’
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Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’

As the liturgical calendar was turning over into a new year this week, my husband Eric and I were at the tail end of a visit to India, staying with new friends Jyoti and Jane Sahi. Jyoti’s an artist, and Jane is a children’s educator, and together they live in the Christian village of Silvepura,…

Feast of All Saints
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Feast of All Saints

The Eight Beatitudes with the art of Peter Clare The eight pictures which depict Matthew 5: 3-10, the gospel for the Feast of All Saints, have the same background colour: a mixture of yellow, brown and green which approaches the colour of gold. In all the pictures the figures are surrounded by a thick line….

My mother and mothers in the neighbourhood
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My mother and mothers in the neighbourhood

“My wife doesn’t do anything, she is just at home” a father of a student from Kerala always used to introduce his wife to others like this. But this boy always saw his mother busy with so much housework, so he painted her while doing so much work and titled it ‘My Mother and Mothers…

Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer
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Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

A new national landmark which aims to profile a million answered prayers has been given the go ahead to be built on a site near Coleshill on the outskirts of Birmingham. The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, which will eclipse the size of the Angel of the North, will stand at 169 feet and is expected…

Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco
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Philippines: The Captivating Art of Joey Velasco

One of Velasco’s captivating artworks is his modern painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” called “Hapag ng Pag-asa” (A Table of Hope). The painting shows Jesus eating not with his apostles but with a group of street children in a nasty and dilapidated setting. They are not even eating at a table but on…

Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus II
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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus II

Traditional Christian art seems something of the past that does not offer any new insights. More recently inculturated art forms from Asia and Africa have been appreciated because they are thought to bring a fresh perspective on Biblical themes.    As an artist, I have not represented Jesus in the conventional way that is typical of…

Inculturation:  The Indian Face of Jesus I
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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus I

The Gospels do not describe the physical appearance of Jesus. However, each culture has presented Jesus in their own cultural forms. Since ancient times, Christianity wore different clothes, spoke varied languages, and followed diverse customs. Indians of different cultural backgrounds responded to the Gospel narratives after learning them in their local languages, beginning with Tamil,…

Mill Hill Formation Philippines: An Unusual Farewell
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Mill Hill Formation Philippines: An Unusual Farewell

When the days of Covid-19 are the days you have to move on but can’t move out Yesterday, August, 6, 2020, on the Feast of the Transfiguration here at the Formation House, Iloilo, was a remarkable day as we launched officially the new academic year as well as bade farewell to Fr. Domingo Arnaiz after…

Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?
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Religious Imagery: Does a Black Jesus Matter?

We began by asking: Does a black Jesus matter? Paraphrasing this, we ask again: Does a Dalit Jesus matter? Or a poor Jesus? Does a Jesus matter who asserts the place of women in his life? Yes, it does. This is what incarnation means — Jesus is a wholly Jewish man, with a brown face…

‘We Draw Near’ – Music inspired by Catholic Faith
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‘We Draw Near’ – Music inspired by Catholic Faith

The Catholic music collective Damascus Worship releases a CD of Catholic worship music. Four songs by 20-year-old singer-composer Seph Schlueter are the eye-catchers on Awake My Soul, a new, beautifully published CD with music inspired by the Catholic faith. The compilation album has been available since June 12. It has been listened to over 10,000…