A Prayer for Artists
Lord, remember your artists. Have mercy upon them and remember with compassion all those that reflect the good, the ill, the strengths and the weaknesses of the human spirit.
Remember those who raise their voices in unending song, those who pour their souls into music loud and soft.
Remember those who put pigment to surface, carve wood and stone and marble, who work base metals into beauty, those building upwards from the earth toward heaven.
Remember those who put thought to paper by computer and by pen; the poets who delve, the playwrights who analyze and proclaim, the dreamers-up of narrative, all those who work with the light and shadows of film.
Remember the actors moved by Spirit and dancers moving through space.
Remember all these artists whom you have placed among us, for are they not, O Lord, the fellows of your inspiration? Do they not, Lord God, bring to your people great proof of your divinity and our part in it?
Remember your artists and show them mercy and compassion that they may do the same and so uplift all your people. That they may cry forth your praises, as we do here.
Amen! Amen! Amen!
by Bryan Brown, worship pastor at Christ Church in Austin and the worship leader of the Transforming Culture symposium in 2008, adapted from Herbert Whittaker's "Prayer for the Artists"
Prayer for the eternal rest of Father Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado Eternal Father God, on this day we come in front of you, to pray for the eternal rest of Father Juan Antonio, he is your son, who served you in the vocation of the priesthood during his short life. You, who one day called them to serve you at the holy altar, allow them to enjoy your divinity. We ask you to receive him and his parishioners in your holy presence, who died as a result of the violence. Even when grief takes hold of our hearts, we know that you are a merciful father and that you are present at all times of our lives. We ask you to bring comfort to the family and friends of Father Juan Antonio and his parishioners, so that they can cope with this terrible loss. by Seminarian Francisco J. Pagán Portalatín Profiles in Catholicism (Office Vespers deceased) Hear, Lord, our prayers, so that, by confessing the resurrection of Jesus Christ, your Son, the hope that our brother Fr. Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado will rise again may also be strengthened. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit and is God forever and ever. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Oración por el eterno Descanso del Padre Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado Dios padre eterno, en este día llegamos frente a ti, para rogar por el eterno descanso del Padre Juan Antonio, él es tu hijo, el cual te sirvió en la vocación del sacerdocio durante su corta vida. Tu que un día los llamaste a servirte en el santo altar, concédele gozar de tu divinidad.
Te pedimos le recibas en tu santa presencia al el y sus parroquianos, que murieron a causa de la violencia.
Aun cuando la pena se apodera de nuestros corazones, sabemos que eres un padre misericordioso y que estas presenten en todo momento de nuestras vidas.
Te rogamos que traigas consuelo a la familia y amigos del Padre Juan Antonio y de sus parroquianos, para que puedan sobrellevar esta terrible perdida. by Francisco J. Pagán Portalatín Profiles in Catholicism Oración final (Oficio Vísperas difuntos) Escucha, Señor, nuestras súplicas, para que, al confesar la resurrección de Jesucristo, tu Hijo, se afiance también la esperanza de que nuestro hermano Padre Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado resucitará. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos. Dale Señor el descanso eterno. Brille para él la luz perpetua. Descanse en paz. Amén
A Prayer to Prevent Suicide
“Atoms and Molecules”
Dear Lord, we live in an age where the outward wear has got
Extravagantly technical, highly polished, bright, even painfully
Expensive, surpassing the pocket of many people but catching,
Like a hook, in the too costly shoes, fast car or fanciful gear!
Or what guilt edged experience we suffered which suffocated us,
Sapping the every day love of life and shielding, like a barred door,
The possibility of making friends beyond those who don’t know
Our emptiness, ailing, or the fears and remembering which spring,
Animal like, out of the shadowy loneliness, preying upon the Prayerless, like slugs born in the soil and devouring their way through
The leaves needed for growth to be sustained and to be fruit bearing,
So day by day our isolation grows and even glows as it implodes.
Dear Lord, some of us do not even make the outward show of success
And simply fail, flattening the land to the horizon, losing hope upon Hope in the deadening trail to the railway, the busy road or the bridge
To end it all, falling not to our knees but for the lie that nobody knows
The inwardly collapsing star that fell out of orbit and, instead of being
Amidst other beings began to disintegrate and collapse, more and More, collapsing little by little into that isolating, suffocating inside Space where crushing continues, containing even the light of the day.
What edge of nothingness we fell to, hovering, trembling like a note Between dying out and extinction, moments away from ending the Possibility of recovering and regaining contact with others and Building, atom upon atom, the molecular relationship we need to live.
Dear Lord, send a word to open the closed door, the darkened within Of the night of life, the love to be lived, the hopes to be hoped, the Helps to come before the final silence, the rushing scream as others Witness, not the sung life but the breath escaping the drowned dead.
Dear Mary, Mother of the Lord, enlighten others to see the dwindling
Down of friendships, the desperate lunges into the heart’s holes, drop
By drop drinking the despair that needs draining off, evaporating, Pouring out and away like the poisonous virus it is so that the truth,
St. Joseph, the truth that heals can come and dwell, along with His Forgiving touch, touching tenderness, healing help and hope, as a Newness begins, impossible to describe, blossomed out of where? A New family from Love’s loving to love the lame and help the helpless.
by Francis Etheredge, author of the forthcoming:
for my own account of attempted suicide go to The Prayerful Kiss:
A Doctor’s Prayer
I see the suffering children and say I must help, I see the pain and hurt and I know, I can’t ignore when I feel and hear the call To respond and do my best To reach the sick and end the pain and bring healing, and respite. So few of us are left to heal and mend the hurt and sickness. We have fallen ill when we took the risk to save and help the others, the stranger and we too have suffered and have died. I ask why has all the world so little care As corona ravages the humble and the poor, And the vaccines are reserved for the rich and not the weak? Wicked hunger, squalor, and disease spreads with corona in nations that have brought conflict, riots and war upon themselves by corruption and by greed and are cursed to suffer and despair.
We, and all humanity with the compassion and concern can call for justice for the rich to share the wealth and heal the world so all are safe to live in peace without the suffering and the fear. by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Those Who Died and Who Were Injured in the Miami Condo Collapse.
Please embrace those who died in the Miami condo collapse into your eternal
loving care where they will be infinitely happy for eternity. Also heal those
who have been injured. We also ask you to comfort the families and friends of
all those who have died and were injured.
by Sarah Lyon Profiles in Catholicism
Art Articles and Commentaries
An Open Letter to Fellow Writers and Artists by Michael O'Brien The Catholic World Report
Art, love, and a Catholic renaissance: An interview with Michael O’Brien by Paul Senz The Catholic World Report
Red Scare: “Christ Crowned with Thorns” by Brad Minor The Catholic Thing
Artist casts his own hands in restoration of Wisconsin parish’s statue by Sam Lucero Catholic News Service
Immersive Experience Brings Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescoes to the U.S. by Isis Davis-Marks Smithsonian Magazine
Childhood Restored: Art By Young Holocaust Survivors by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Link to The Holocaust
Saint Francis and the Sultan by Father John O'Brien, OFM Profiles in Catholicism
Matisse and the Chapel of the Rosary by Father John O'Brien, OFM Profiles in Catholicism
Homeless Jesus: responding to those in need by CathNews New Zealand
Florence's Medici Family Used Portraits as Propaganda by Smithsonian Magazine
Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service
6 works of art that bring new meaning to the Eucharist by John Christman S.S.S. U.S. Catholic
The Catholic artist and the challenge of evangelizing modern culture by Thomas M. Doran The Catholic World Report
Schoolchildren's 'Eyes of the World' art installation sends powerful message to G7 leaders by Independent Catholic News
Artist paints icons of endangered species to 'foster ecological conversion' by Barbara Fraser EarthBeat
Vatican’s vanishing artisans: Traditional workshops struggle amid COVID-19 by Robert Duncan Crux
The Masterpiece of the Divine Artist by Elizabeth A. Mitchell The Catholic Thing
Art and the late Linda Nochlin can teach us about suffering by Ciaran Freeman National Catholic Reporter
Catholic sculptor’s work to be part of COVID-19 memorial at Ohio hospital by Catholic News Service
Jesuits launch first online exhibition, celebrating Forty Martyrs by Independent Catholic News
Forgotten Last Supper Scene Linked to Renaissance Master Titian Spent Century Hidden in Plain Sight by Isis Davis-Marks Smithsonian Magazine
Wow Famous Artist Timothy Schmalz Reveals his New Sculptures of St. Padre Pio - Wrestling the Devil! VIDEO by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Fra Angelico – Opening Our Imagination to the Vastness of Divine Beauty. by Billy Kangas Patheos
Bishop Donald J. Hying blesses pro-life sculpture by Martin Hudáček by Joseph M. Hanneman The Catholic World Report
Painting the Saints: Artist Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs Takes Catholic Approach to Her Craft by Joseph Pronechen National Catholic Register
“The Memorial of Unborn Children II” portrays regret, mercy, healing. Slovakian artist Martin Hudáček’s newest statue tells the abortion story through mother, father, and the lost child. by Joseph M. Hanneman The Catholic World Report
Warhol’s faith and life. Andy Warhol’s premodern starting point helped him become the postmodern Picasso. by Duncan Collins U.S .Catholic
A realistic 'Homeless Jesus' statue sparks conversation -- and a visit from police by David Williams CNN
3020 Christmas stamp shows Peruvian painting of Our Lady of Guapulo by Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service/Crux
Black Jesus version of Michelangelo's Pietà divides Catholics on race and politics by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service
Restorers uncover new details in a Michelangelo Pieta by Associated Press/Crux
Sister Plautilla Nelli, the Forgotten Woman Painter of the Renaissance by Solène Tadié National Catholic Register
In Chicago, shattered glass but also a vision of heaven by Dr. Bryan Berry The Catholic World Report
Artist Erin McAtee's faith journey led to a place of encounter by Stephen G. Adubato National Catholic Reporter
Catholic sculptor re-creating Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ aims to shift the emphasis off hell by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service
Norwich Catholic high school launches virtual art exhibition by Alex Savage Independent Catholic News
Tissot’s Great Reversion by Brad Miner The Catholic Thing
Caravaggio: Revelation and Revolution by Brad Miner The Catholic Thing
Raphael's last paintings unveiled: A discovery made during a Vatican Museums restoration by Paolo Ondarza Vatican News
Pope at Mass prays for artists: ‘without beauty we cannot understand the Gospel’ by Linda Bordoni Vatican News
Celebrating the genius of Raphael, 500 years later by Elizabeth Lev Angelus
Raphael tapestries ‘integral’ to fully understanding Sistine Chapel, theologian says by Inés San Martín Global Sister Report
Restoration of Ghent Altarpiece reveals surprising face on the “Lamb of God” by John Burger Aleteia
7 Little-known facts about Michelangelo’s Pietà by V. M. Traverso Aleteia
Particles of Faith fills a gap in typical Catholic high school curriculums by Mary Woods The Catholic World Report
Traditional Catholic Procession in the Philippines brings Millions to the Streets for the 'Black Nazarene' sculpture of Jesus by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Teenage hopes expressed through painting a giant mural on an Edinburgh church by Rachel Farmer Anglican Communion News Service
Pope unveils sculpture commemorating migrants and refugees by Vatican News
Bono and Guggi: A friendship based on art, punk rock and Jesus by Cathleen Falsani Religion News Service
Exhibit brings Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to Christ Cathedral by John Burger Aleteia
A Painter of the Holocaust for Our Times by Pat Lipsky Tablet
Inspired innovator: The startling Christian art of Tintoretto by Zelda Caldwell Aleteia
This amazing young artist sees Christ in each portrait she paints by Carissa Pluta Aleteia
Tintoretto’s Enlightenment by Fr. Robert P. Imbelli The Catholic Thing
An artist finds his calling in painting a city’s forgotten faces by Jean P. Kelly US Catholic
Amazing Mexican Artist Captures Jesus at Calvary with Optical Illusion - Octavio Ocampo by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Notre-Dame’s Artwork Is Headed to the Louvre by Milan Polk Vulture
The greatest Christian paintings of Leonardo da Vinci by John Burger Aleteia
Teens’ sacred art on display at LA Cathedral’s Robert Graham exhibit by Clara Fox Angelus News
Pietà offers meaning amid the betrayal of the abuse crisis by NCR Editorial Staff National Catholic Reporter
Sculpture worth suffering for by Heather King Angelus
David Lee Csicsko: Making the saints accessible today by Joyce Duriga Chicago Catholic
Revisiting Leonardo da Vinci’s faith 500 years after his death by Elizabeth Lev Angelus
Papal Nuncio blesses Homeless Jesus by Jesuits in Britain/ICN
Church wins praise for sculpture of 'homeless Jesus' in Canada by La Croix International
Philippine artist creates Christ image with guns, bullets by Ronald Reyes La Croix International
Afro-Latina artist reimagines Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" by Cecilia González-Andrieu America
St. Xavier mural part of ‘Tribute' by The Beverly Review
Art and Spirituality: In the name of the mother by Rich Heffern National Catholic Reporter
Art at St. Benedict the African reflects experience of black Catholics by Joyce Duriga Chicago Cathol
Matilde gives drawing to Pope Francis, surrounding him with love by Albin Hiller Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
An Irish monk breathes new life into liturgical art in Toronto by Dean Dettloff America
Denver’s ‘spiritual bartender’ uses art to share knowledge and faith by Shannon Levitt Crux
The Positively Art Calendar Truth & art in the new age of AIDS by Gordon Nary International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
Book Reviews and Commentaries
The Dialectics of Art by John Molyneux Reviewed by Ciaran Freeman National Catholic Reporter
Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece by William E. Wallace Commentary by Ingrid D. Rowland The New York Review of Books
Jenny Saville by Richard Calvocoressi and Mark Steven Reviewed by Ciaran Freeman America
Stumbling From Grace: How we Meet God in Tiny Works of Mercy by Mary Pezzulo Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
The Catholic Spirit: An anthology for discovering faith through literature, art film and music by Michael Bettigole, OSF and James D. Childs Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Walking with Ignatius by Arturo Sosa, SJ in conversation with Darío Menor Reviewed by Phyllis Zagano National Catholic Reporter
SIX POPES: A Son of the Church Remembers by Monsignor Hilary C. Franco Commentary by 206Tours
The Cost of My Faith: How a Decision in My Cake Shop Took Me to the Supreme Court by Jack Phillips Reviewed by Kevin J. Jones Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct by Abigail Tucker Reviewed by Kate Scanlon Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd Reviewed by Sue Monk Kidd National Catholic Reporter
Acts of the Apostles by Fr Tom O'Reilly Reviewed by Sarah MacDonald Independent Catholic News
I am With You: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis by Timothy M. Dolan Commentary/Interview by Charles C. Camosy Crux
Philosophizing in Faith: Essays on the Beginning and End of Wisdom, by Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P Commentary by Joseph G. Trabbic The Catholic World Report
The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. by Sohrab Ahmari Reviewed by Seosamh O’Caoimh Catholic Arena
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain Commentary by Matt Cain BBC
Trese Reviewed by Yvette Tan BBC News
Kim's Convenience Reviewed by Clarissa Aljentera National Catholic Reporter
Penguin Town Commentary by Mark Kennedy The Associated Press
In the Heights Reviewed by Sigal Ratner-Arais The Associated Press
Fatima Reviewed by Jo Siedlecka Independent Catholic News
Animals and Men Reviewed by J-P Mauro Aleteia
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Reviewed by Joseph McAleer Catholic News Service
Luca Reviewed by Deacon Steven D. Greydanus National Catholic Register
Queen Bees Reviewed by Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press
Two Gods Reviewed by Joseph Hammond Religion News Service
Infinite Reviewed by Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press
Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road Commentary by David Bauder The Associated Press
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Reviewed by John Mulderig Catholic News Service
The Keepers Reviewed by Arifa Noor DAWN Newspaper