Saturday, May 14, 2011

More art

So, this weekend the art show I mentioned previously is underway. I was amazed at the size of the show (not to mention the size of some of the pieces!) and the quality of so much of the art. I wished that I had planned for more time to be there, to contemplate more of the striking work.

In his "Letter to Artists," Blessed John Paul II spoke of "the path of the fruitful dialogue between the Church and artists which as gone on unbroken through two thousand years of history." That path has led this weekend to a parish of my diocese. I am richer for having been there today.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Current events

Being Catholic has an impact on the way I perceive the world and what happens in it. It colored the way I looked at the killing of Osama bin Laden. It meant that in between stories of revelation and celebration in the news, I was also reading reflections by Catholic thinkers and others (such as this one) about concepts like revenge versus forgiveness, the value of life, the cycle of violence. The discussion is coming out of Christianity, but my view is particularly through the Catholic lens.