Art produced for convent environments was judged for its devotional efficacy, not for the creator’s originality. The function of art in this context was to support meditation by producing an appropriate state of mind in the viewer, and to induce emotional empathy. Images of saints or deities did their work best if shown, not performing a momentary or distracting action, but as serene, enduring essences. Monastic patrons, consequently, preferred their saints in static poses, not as actors in heroic narratives. Nuns had neither access to nor interest in such vanguard artistic concerns as linear perspective, humanist rhetoric, or academic art theory. Their taste was conservative by the standards of the “progressive.”

~Mary D. Garrard, “Repositioning Plautilla Nelli’s Lamentation,” Essay, in Conversations: An Online Journal of the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2014)

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Lent – Moody Blues Days of Future Passed

Tomorrow begins Lent and therefore my absence from WP until Easter. So I am going to leave you with one of the very best in my opinion…albums from the 60’s.

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Brain Divided

Must watch…must laugh!

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Ash Wednesday: A Mortality Stalked Humanity

Excellent post on Ash Wednesday! Thanks Kendall! As always…I will depart for Lent from social websites. Praise God and I praise Him for each one of you.

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The Lord Reigneth –

Psalms Chapter 97 תְּהִלִּים

א  יְהוָה מָלָךְ, תָּגֵל הָאָרֶץ;    יִשְׂמְחוּ, אִיִּים רַבִּים. 1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad.
ב  עָנָן וַעֲרָפֶל סְבִיבָיו;    צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט, מְכוֹן כִּסְאוֹ. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
ג  אֵשׁ, לְפָנָיו תֵּלֵךְ;    וּתְלַהֵט סָבִיב צָרָיו. 3 A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His adversaries round about.
ד  הֵאִירוּ בְרָקָיו תֵּבֵל;    רָאֲתָה וַתָּחֵל הָאָרֶץ. 4 His lightnings lighted up the world; the earth saw, and trembled.
ה  הָרִים–כַּדּוֹנַג, נָמַסּוּ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה:    מִלִּפְנֵי, אֲדוֹן כָּל-הָאָרֶץ. 5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
ו  הִגִּידוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם צִדְקוֹ;    וְרָאוּ כָל-הָעַמִּים כְּבוֹדוֹ. 6 The heavens declared His righteousness, and all the peoples saw His glory.
ז  יֵבֹשׁוּ, כָּל-עֹבְדֵי פֶסֶל–    הַמִּתְהַלְלִים בָּאֱלִילִים;
הִשְׁתַּחֲווּ-לוֹ,    כָּל-אֱלֹהִים.
7 Ashamed be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of things of nought; {N}
bow down to Him, all ye gods.
ח  שָׁמְעָה וַתִּשְׂמַח, צִיּוֹן,    וַתָּגֵלְנָה, בְּנוֹת יְהוּדָה–
לְמַעַן מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ    יְהוָה.
8 Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced; {N}
because of Thy judgments, O LORD.
ט  כִּי-אַתָּה יְהוָה,    עֶלְיוֹן עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ;
מְאֹד נַעֲלֵיתָ,    עַל-כָּל-אֱלֹהִים.
9 For Thou, LORD, art most high above all the earth; {N}
Thou art exalted far above all gods.
י  אֹהֲבֵי יְהוָה,    שִׂנְאוּ-רָע:
שֹׁמֵר, נַפְשׁוֹת חֲסִידָיו;    מִיַּד רְשָׁעִים, יַצִּילֵם.
10 O ye that love the LORD, hate evil; {N}
He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivered them out of the hand of the wicked.
יא  אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק;    וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
יב  שִׂמְחוּ צַדִּיקִים, בַּיהוָה;    וְהוֹדוּ, לְזֵכֶר קָדְשׁוֹ.

12 Be glad in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks to His holy name.{P}

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“That’s always …

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

― John Green, Paper Towns

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We preach Christ Crucified

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