Sacred Art

Episode 44 - Mary Anne Urlakis Interviews David Clayton, WCAT Radio. The Way of Beauty in the Formation of Seminarians and Lay People.

Episode 44 - Mary Anne Urlakis Interviews David Clayton, WCAT Radio. The Way of Beauty in the Formation of Seminarians and Lay People.

Each of us has a role in the transformation of the culture, and should be encourage to exercise our freedom within those roles. So lay people should by energetic lay people serving the Church, as priests should be energetic priests. All of us can be holy.

Episode 42 - David Clayton on The Book of Kells - Beauty that Beguiled Oliver Cromwell!

Episode 42 - David Clayton on The Book of Kells - Beauty that Beguiled Oliver Cromwell!

Should we create a book like this today? You might think that it is obvious that we should (assuming we have anyone capable of it), but there are some problems - would actually read it if we did? Wouldn’t it just be a museum peice from the moment it is created?

Episode 29 - Lawrence Klimecki - Deacon, Artist and Evangelist for Cultural Renewal

Episode 29 - Lawrence Klimecki - Deacon, Artist and Evangelist for Cultural Renewal

Art speaks in way that words alone cannot for as well as presenting the image, it is instrinsic to art that it connects and establishes relationships, between the viewer and the prototype, via the image and using the imagination. This stimulates the faculty by which we ‘see’ the invisible through the visible and so is essential to the development and retention of faith in God.

Episode 19 - Jonathan Pageau on his art and evangelizing the culture through symbols

Episode 19 - Jonathan Pageau on his art and evangelizing the culture through symbols

Iconography and Iconology are the study of the sacred image and the symbolism of the content respectively. Jonathan Pageau is someone who is both a master craftsman and and a deep understanding of both. This has relevance in the Christian life way beyond the church building, it extends out into every human endeavor.

Episode 3 - The Domestic Church and the New Evangelization

These are two old ideas that are new to many people today, and surprisingly they are connected. Pope Benedict XVI told us that the driving force for the New Evangelization is the Domestic Church. Prayer in the home focussed on a place set aside for it and marked by sacred images goes back to Roman times; the method of seeking to evangelize the post-Christian West termed the New Evangelization. So while the problem is new - how do we convert people whose parents or grandparents were Christian and think they already know enough about the Faith to know they don't like it? - the answer is the same as it ever was. We must be supernaturally transformed, shining with the love of Christ so people want what we have! And it is prayer in the Domestic Church that plays a crucial part in that personal transformation.

Links and quotes: 

Therefore, it must be emphasized once more that the pastoral intervention of the Church in support of the family is a matter of urgency. Every effort should be made to strengthen and develop pastoral care for the family, which should be treated as a real matter of priority, in the certainty that future evangelization depends largely on the domestic Church.
— Pope Benedict XVI, address to the PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE FAMILY, Clementine Hall, Thursday, 1 December 2011
The family is the first school of prayer where, from their infancy, children learn to perceive God thanks to the teaching and example of their parents. An authentically Christian education cannot neglect the experience of prayer. If we do not learn to pray in the family, it will be difficult to fill this gap later.
— John Paul II, Weekly address, the Vatican, Dec 2011

Weekly address, the Vatican, Dec 2011

Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger: on the New Evangelization

Way of Beauty blog article: The New Evangelization and the Domestic Church - Pope Benedict XVI on the connection between the two

Pictures of Roman home altars and dining arrangements, followed by a modern icon corner:

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Episode 2 - Sacred Art: More Important than Life and Death

Episode 2 - Sacred Art: More Important than Life and Death

Why did people die for the principle of worshiping God with Holy Icons? Would anyone bother today? David Clayton talks to Charlie Deist about why we really should care about this, and how today it is indifference, rather than hostility to images is taking us to oblivion.