Dear Brothers in Christ:
For our January 23 session, we will continue our discussion of Step #4: Set your mind on the things above. This week, we will talk about ways to encounter the creator through the beauty of creation and art.
Candidly, I am more of a “left-brained” analytical type that was never good at art and never had a solid appreciation of it. However, as I have gotten older and redisovered by faith, I have begun to have a deeper appreciation of art (although I still not good at it:-). I now realize that art allows God to touch the human soul in a way that no other medium can.
We are very fortunate at HMC to have an exceptionally talented artist in our midst in the person of Fr. Gary. I have been awestruck with the several paintings of his that I have seen. Further, I had the good fortune of seeing the Sistine Chapel during a trip to the Vatican in November 2011. That was a marvelous experience and I was able to take some pictures that are posted here. Better pictures are available here. My iPhone and the web do not do it justice and I would recommend anyone who has the chance to visit it in person.