Calling All Artists
Last week's awesome gathering of our children for Catholic Mission Camp (VBS) helped me appreciate the beauty of simplicity and a desire to be more like them in their approach to becoming saints. (Thank you VBS team & Fr. Durkee for all you did). Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate St. John Paul II's first feast day (October 22)? I recommend you come to know the heart of this saintly man by reading one of his writings. In particular, his 1999 Letter to Artists is one of my favorites (see www.vatican.va for more). It has inspired me to take a deeper look at how we/the Church are called to support authentic art, art that must always reflect the Divine. It is, in fact, the inspiration behind all the visual and environmental changes you have been a part of since I came here. The renovating of the sanctuary, the Easter murals placed on either side of the Crucifix, the Adoremus Room, the parish landscaping and prayer gardens, the music ministry development, the restoration of the stained glass windows from Sts. George, and C&M, and the annual Day School Christian Coffeehouse, are just a few. Some of the most profound callings for religious artwork came at the beginning of the 21st Century when Pope John Paul II offered this bit of advice to artists, "To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new epiphanies of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world. An appeal to artists...I turn to you, the artists of the world, to assure you of my esteem and to help consolidate a more constructive partnership between art and the Church. Mine is an invitation to rediscover the depth of the spiritual and religious dimension which has been typical of art in its noblest forms in every age. It is with this in mind that I appeal to you, artists of the written and spoken word, of the theatre and music, of architecture...and the most recent technologies in the field of communication. I appeal especially to you, Christian artists: I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man." Therefore, I am inviting any of our parishioner artists (whether it is in the written word, music, drawing/painting, textiles, pottery, dance, architecture/design, etc.) to let me know if you would like to join in a Saint John Paul II Day of the Arts on October 5th from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at the Tudor House. It will be a chance for you to offer your gifts and talents for others to appreciate, while enjoying an afternoon of wine and cheese tasting. Give a call to the rectory for more information and how you can participate. Next week's bulletin will have a flyer and application form.
Pax, Fr. Bline