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A Muslim’s “Turning Point” Standing Before Michelangelo’s Pietà
The Pietà by the young Michelangelo is one of the world’s most recognized and priceless works of art.  This past Lent and Holy Week, I’m sure that you’ve seem many images of the Pietà which depict that moment when the pierced and blood Body of Jesus is placed in Mary’s arms.  As the literal name for this most lamentable scene implies, many people’s reaction is “pity” or “compassion”.
I remember taking the photo above when I made a pilgrimage to Catholic Disneyland Rome last October.  Sadly, upon seeing this famous sculpture, I am ashamed to admit, that my first reaction was not one of pious devotion.  Rather, I was a little annoyed that so many people were gathered around the small chapel (next to Bl. John Paul the Great’s tomb) where the Pietà is displayed behind bullet proof glass.  As I maneuvered my way through the crowd of tourists, all I was focused on was getting the shot.  Once I got to the front of the crowd, I was struck by the great cultural, historical, and artistic significance of this piece.  Then, I was moved by the broken, lifeless body of Christ held in the lap of His Mother. With her left hand, Mary tenderly bears the Savior of the World, and with her right hand, she raises her palm up to heaven, every ready to accept and follow the will of God.
While still basking in the joyful light of the Resurrection, I cannot help but see Michelangelo’s Pietà as an image of the Church:  our ancient but ever youthful Mother who embraces the cross and presents the Body of Christ to the Body of Christ. 
For us Catholics, art is more than church decoration, something pretty to look at.  Art can provide us with an encounter with God who is the source of all that is True and Good and Beautiful. 
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A Muslim’s “Turning Point” Standing Before Michelangelo’s Pietà

The Pietà by the young Michelangelo is one of the world’s most recognized and priceless works of art.  This past Lent and Holy Week, I’m sure that you’ve seem many images of the Pietà which depict that moment when the pierced and blood Body of Jesus is placed in Mary’s arms.  As the literal name for this most lamentable scene implies, many people’s reaction is “pity” or “compassion”.

I remember taking the photo above when I made a pilgrimage to Catholic Disneyland Rome last October.  Sadly, upon seeing this famous sculpture, I am ashamed to admit, that my first reaction was not one of pious devotion.  Rather, I was a little annoyed that so many people were gathered around the small chapel (next to Bl. John Paul the Great’s tomb) where the Pietà is displayed behind bullet proof glass.  As I maneuvered my way through the crowd of tourists, all I was focused on was getting the shot.  Once I got to the front of the crowd, I was struck by the great cultural, historical, and artistic significance of this piece.  Then, I was moved by the broken, lifeless body of Christ held in the lap of His Mother. With her left hand, Mary tenderly bears the Savior of the World, and with her right hand, she raises her palm up to heaven, every ready to accept and follow the will of God.

While still basking in the joyful light of the Resurrection, I cannot help but see Michelangelo’s Pietà as an image of the Church:  our ancient but ever youthful Mother who embraces the cross and presents the Body of Christ to the Body of Christ. 

For us Catholics, art is more than church decoration, something pretty to look at.  Art can provide us with an encounter with God who is the source of all that is True and Good and Beautiful. 

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Triumph of the Church Over Sin by Raul Berzosa (my new favorite contemporary Catholic artist)
I wish all modern art could be this nice beautiful.
[Photo:  “Triunfo de la Iglesia Sobre el Pecado” from Raul Berzosa]

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Triumph of the Church Over Sin by Raul Berzosa (my new favorite contemporary Catholic artist)

I wish all modern art could be this nice beautiful.

[Photo:  “Triunfo de la Iglesia Sobre el Pecado” from Raul Berzosa]

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Spy Wednesday
“One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” (Matthew 26:14-17)
[Photo:  “Judas Accepts Payment” by Giotto from Ad Imaginem Dei]

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Spy Wednesday

“One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” (Matthew 26:14-17)

[Photo:  “Judas Accepts Payment” by Giotto from Ad Imaginem Dei]

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Even though God is the Bigger Elvis, the Academy Award nominated movie for Best Documentary (short subject), didn’t win the Oscar, here’s to Mother Dolores Hart and her Benedictine sisters at the Abbey of Regina Laudis!  It was great to see a Catholic nun in habit on the red carpet.  Cheers!

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It’s tempting to make Lent some ambitious period of personal reinvention, but it’s best to keep it simple and focused. There’s a reason the Church works on these mysteries year after year. We spend our entire lives growing closer to God. Don’t try to cram it all in one Lent. That’s a recipe for failure.

Bishop David Ricken (Green Bay)

(Source: usccbmedia.blogspot.com)

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Good morning everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we in the seminary like to call it…Tuesday.

My Phil of Science professor who worked in a seminary for several years, to our class which is at least 75% seminarians. (via cincosechzehn)

pfffft.

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O God, who led Saint Josephine Bakhita from abject slavery to the dignity of being your daughter and a bride of Christ, grant, we pray, that by her example we may show constant love for the Lord Jesus crucified, remaining steadfast in charity and prompt to show compassion.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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For the Feast of St. Paul Miki and his 25 Companions

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We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.

Blessed John Paul II (via catholicanswers)

(Source: askthecatholic)

Things Priests Get Excited About

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fathershane:

The new edition of the Roman Missal (with those famous “And with your spirit” new translated parts) is off the presses!

(which of course is more interesting to those of us who will have to look at it from a lot closer than the rest of you!)

(Source: twitpic.com)