Beauty will save the world

  • Fish in a Blue Barrel
  • "I live by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me." Gal. 2:20
  • "She gave everything, from the little that she had." Mk 12:44
  • Gracie, the greatest Golden Retriever ever.
  • When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."--Luke 5:4
  • And Mary pondered all of these things in her heart.
  • Outside Grand Central Station

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Prayer

20121119-170125.jpgPrayer is spending time with the One we know loves us. St Teresa of Jesus

The 3 in 1 One Lovely Food for Thought Blog-A-Thon Blog Award. Enjoy.


The above picture is meant to be a festive fun photo of radiantly happy fish. It really doesn’t have any significance to the rest of the post except that and I hope you enjoyed it.

Radiant Form has been nominated for not one, not two, not four, but three awards. This is quite an unexpected surprise for me, especially given this blog’s short three week existence. We are humbled and honored to say the least.

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Voice of Creation

“Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them.” Psalm 69:34

“Only the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, is capable of raising a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Creator. The earth, with all its creatures, and the entire universe call on man to be their voice.” John Paul II, San Antonio, Texas, 1987

Seeing It Again for the First Time

“I live by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.” Gal. 2:20


I love how black and white can give an ordinary photo a different power of expression; something that we’re used to seeing in color is suddenly seen differently. I found that to be true with this picture I took of Jesus on the cross in our chapel. I see it daily but putting it in black and white helped me to see it again for the first time. Jesus, thank you for dying for me. Jesus, thank you for helping me carry my own cross. Jesus, help me never to grow accustomed to what you did for me.

Simplicity

“She gave everything, from the little that she had.” Mk 12:44

We often hear the phrase, “less is more.” The widow in today’s Gospel is truth of that. To live our faith well is not complicated. It’s as simple as giving a resounding yes to Jesus while striving to live a few of his teachings fully.

Wonder

Gracie, the greatest Golden Retriever ever.

A wise Monsignor once told me that a dog is the only animal that can look into a human’s eyes knowingly. I don’t know about the complete veracity of that statement, but, Gracie’s expression in this photo reminds me of what GK Chesterton once wrote, “The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.”

Theophany

Theophany: an unambiguous manifestation of God that is tangible to the human senses.

Certainly a sunset is not a theophany in the strict sense of the word, as it’s not a direct manifestation of God himself. However, we can ask ourselves, what is it about a sunset that triggers delight in most people? Why do we feel the urge to grab a camera and capture the moment? Is there a trait that is found in the object of a sunset itself? There is indeed something about beauty that triggers awe, wonder, mystery, splendor, and delight–as would, I think, a direct manifestation of God. Perhaps a sunset is one of God’s ways of reaching out to us through the senses.

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