Podcast 264 – Praying for and Defining Artists – Storytelling – Cory Heimann and Mark Guiney
Who is an artist?
Why/how to tell stories?
In this podcast:
0:58 – We will talk about the Pope’s prayer intention for the month, which happens to be artists. We’ll talk about what it means to be an artist and why art is important
15:53 – Cory Heimann and Mark Guiney will be our guests and we’ll talk about messages from two recent popes and what today’s art means for our church and the art of storytelling
29:25 – And we’ll play a game about Catholic artists to see how well we know those that have inspired us
Catechism Quote(s) of the Week:
2500 The practice of goodness is accompanied by spontaneous spiritual joy and moral beauty. Likewise, truth carries with it the joy and splendor of spiritual beauty. Truth is beautiful in itself. Truth in words, the rational expression of the knowledge of created and uncreated reality, is necessary to man, who is endowed with intellect. But truth can also find other complementary forms of human expression, above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond words: the depths of the human heart, the exaltations of the soul, the mystery of God. Even before revealing himself to man in words of truth, God reveals himself to him through the universal language of creation, the work of his Word, of his wisdom: the order and harmony of the cosmos-which both the child and the scientist discover-“from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator,” “for the author of beauty created them.”
2502 Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God – the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who “reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature,” in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” This spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.
2503 For this reason bishops, personally or through delegates, should see to the promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its forms and, with the same religious care, remove from the liturgy and from places of worship everything which is not in conformity with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of sacred art.
1160 Christian iconography expresses in images the same Gospel message that Scripture communicates by words. Image and word illuminate each other.
Prayer for Artists:
God our Father,
your creation reflects goodness,
and the balance and the harmony that you wish for all your children.
You have also set in our hearts the desire to encounter and discover that beauty.
In creating the human race,
you made us co-creators,
and it is in the art that the human being approaches you,
in the creation of works of beauty that tell us of the supreme Beauty that you are.
we pray for all the artists,
so that their works may lead all men and women
to experience beauty,
as a place of life and relationship.
May your work help all to respect the work of creation more
and to make their lives places of beauty.
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