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The Lost Art of Sacred Art

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Sean Fitzpatrick, over at Catholic Exchange, has a nice overview “sacred art,” and why it is so vital for our spiritual health.

“the renewal of sacred art faces an uphill battle. The battle must, nevertheless, be faced and fought because when the supernatural is reduced to the saccharine and the simplistic, the supernatural is lost…What remains is meaningless.”

Read the article here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Depicting the Resurrected Christ in Art

 

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The state of the arts during the Protestant Reformation was, much like today, a mixed bag.

“The Church, seeing the increasingly audacious Catholic variants on Christ’s Resurrection, feared artists were taking the same kind of interpretive liberties as the Protestants. Ultimately, the question arose whether Catholics should sponsor art that seemed to be more a part of the problem than the solution.”

It took The Council of Trent to provide some much needed guidance to artists.

Elizabeth Lev continues her wonderful series exploring the art of the Catholic Counter-reformation.

“So, at the very moment the Protestant reformers were promising a more immediate, personal experience of Christ through Scripture, the Catholic church was drawing on that very Scripture to produce artwork that emphasized the intimate, transformative encounter of the faithful with the Risen Lord.”

Read the article at Aleteia here. (and along the way discover one the most successful female artists of the period.)

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

New Chicago art exhibit seeks to capture Catholic life in Middle Ages Europe

exh_saints_feature_1_360The Art Institute of Chicago has a new exhibit showcasing art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

“The first rooms are devoted to art for the Catholic Church, where objects worked together with space to make heavenly glory tangible.”

Read the story by Michael O’Loughlin at America Magazine. 

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Faith inspires artist to feature homeless in portraits of compassion

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“Larson listed the portrait prices as several hundred pairs of socks. They quickly sold and she has maintained this charitable bartering system for her work ever since.”

Read the story here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

True Liturgy is a Reflection of Heaven

sarah-youtubeweb_810_500_55_s_c1Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently spoke of the importance of the liturgy and liturgical reform. His comments were read at 18th Cologne International Liturgical conference.

“the true worshippers of God are not those who reform the liturgy according to their own ideas and creativity, to make it something pleasing to the world, but rather those who reform the world in depth with the Gospel so as to allow it access to a liturgy that is the reflection of the liturgy that is celebrated from all eternity in the heavenly Jerusalem.” –Cardinal Robert Sarah

Catholic World Report has the full English transcription.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

When Art Saved the Catholic Faith

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How do you make contrition and penance look attractive? You turn to the artists for help.

“The Counter-Reformation urgently needed to re-awaken the need for penance and penitential practices among the faithful, but it needed to do so by lifting up rather than beating down. Art came to the rescue by proposing models of confession and contrition that would stimulate the faithful to emulate them.”

Elizabeth Lew continues her series of articles on the art of the counter reformation at Aletia.

Read the rest here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Interview with Catholic Author Fr. James Schall

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K.V. Turley continues his series of interviews with Catholic authors over at Catholic World Report, this time with Fr. James Schall.

“The writer’s vocation is to save his soul and that of others by what he writes. This involves, basically, seeking and telling the truth of things.”

Read the entire interview here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

 

Love Made Visible

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“Pope Francis says that in our time, “humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history,” in which “our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences.” We are acutely aware that in our world abortion is tolerated, personal conscience obliterated, and the family undermined and attacked by the cultural powers that shape public opinion and policy. More personally, we are all aware that in our post-Christian culture, men and women are impacted by a terrible loneliness, a despondency, and, ultimately, by the gripping despair of life without God.”

“Encountering Christ in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an invitation, for all people, to deepen their relationship with the Lord, and to grow in communion with his Church. In adoration, we grow in unity and friendship with him—we learn to hear his voice, to know his will, and, most especially, to know and trust the power of his love.”

Read Bishop James Conley’s pastoral letter on adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Two works of art that Catholics should ponder this Holy Week

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“Guido Reni and Gerard Manley Hopkins both see beyond suffering to the promise of the Resurrection”

From  over at the Catholic Herald UK.

Read the article 

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The empty chaos of today’s art might be telling us something

garvey-johnWhat can we learn from the chaotic mess of contemporary art? John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, has some thoughts.

“Traditional artistic forms impose an order on the world, and offer us a way to understand it and appreciate its beauty. The point of postmodern art is to dispense with these structures and bring us face to face with brute reality.”

Read more here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org