This week, I am going to direct you to the first of a series of three talks that I have been invited to give for the Institute of Catholic Culture. In this one, I describe the story of how I met David Birtwistle at a cafe in the King’s Road in Chelsea, London in 1988. As a result of this contact, I asked him to take me through a series of spiritual exercises, even though I was a sour atheist. I describe how he sold me on taking this process. The result of this is that I became an artist, as I had always dreamed, and I became a Catholic (which is beyond anything I’d ever imagined for myself). The link is here. The Institute of Catholic Culture, Part 1. Scroll down to the bottom for the video, which is an hour long.
The Way of Beauty Podcast - Episode 46 Christopher West and David Clayton on techniques for popularizing theology and philosophy so as to engage non-believers and believers alike. Our inspiration is St John Chrysostom - ‘golden mouth’ - but each of us can be golden mouthed and honey tongued if we are true to our personal vocation!
Here Paul Jerberg and I discuss what can be done to introduce good sacred music in your parish and the need for a formation for choir directors, priests and bishops. Sacred music is not just a matter of subjectivity - most priests and bishops seem to have lost sight of the fact that there are objective standards.
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.
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.