Thursday, February 18

Liturgical Year Online

I was excited to find this morning the entire text online for THE LITURGICAL YEAR BY THE VERY REV. DOM PROSPER GUÉRANGER, ABBOT OF SOLESMES. We have the entire set of books and have found them very helpful to keeping in step with the Liturgy of the monks of Clear Creek. I would very much recommend if you are looking for some good reading material to help set a good tone for lent to read Chapter 3 on the practice of Lent :

Sunday, February 14

Tuesday, February 2

Sacred Arts Academy

The Sacred Arts Academy was founded in 2009 in an effort to respond to the call of the Second Vatican council to establish a place of learning for Catholic artist to be trained. The goal is for the Academy to be located in the United Sates, and offer a wide range of programs focusing on both figurative and decorative arts in several media. It exists not only to teach technical expertise but also to foster in studying artists an understanding of art's quest, its deepest purpose and its promise.

"Art, in all its forms, at the point where it encounters the great questions of our existence,
the fundamental themes that give life its meaning, can take on a religious quality, thereby
turning into a path of profound inner reflection and spirituality."

, Address to Artists
November 21, 2009 - Sistine Chapel

In its very humble beginnings the Sacred Arts Academy offers an intensive drawing and painting workshop
in Florence with an emphasis both on the specific study of the human figure as well as that great artistic tradition which flourished to extraordinary heights precisely within the Catholic context. Here we will also investigate the means by which theology can be expressed in art and strive to impart insight into the intimate relationship between art and the Liturgy.

"We need you [artists]...and if we were deprived of your assistance our ministry would become faltering
and uncertain, and a special effort would be needed, one might say, to make it artistic,
even prophetic. In order to scale the heights of lyrical expression of intuitive beauty,
priesthood would have to coincide with art."

HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI, addressing artists
May 7th, 1964