Tag: painting

Inspiring Paintings: Much Very Ordinary in the Spiritual Way

There is much

That is very ordinary

In the spiritual way

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Faithfulness

Perseverance

Kindess

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Self-control

Patience

And love

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May guard

Your soul

Each day.

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“Christ in the House of His Parents” by John Millais is an ordinary scene but one packed with symbolism of a wound, of a bowl of water, of sheep in the background

Inspiring Poem from a Featured Blog – "Annunciation" by John Donne — Malcolm Guite's blog

The poem I have chosen for December 3rd in my Advent Anthology from Canterbury Press Waiting on the Word, is The Annunciation by John Donne, and once again it is accompanied by a beautiful illustration from the book of responses to these poems by Linda Richardson. She writes: The imagery of The Annunciation is richly grounded in our […]

Annunciation by John Donne — Malcolm Guite

Inspiring Paintings – Waiting Like Light

Standing

And waiting like light

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For the heart’s darkness

To be dispelled

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By the dawn

For eyes

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That have known

Only blindness

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To recover

New sight

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For life to be opened

To goodness and right.

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“The Light of the World”, Holman Hunt

Transplantation

Rupture

With the heart’s

Natural home

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Transplantation

Of the soul’s

Sustenance

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To one beyond

All earthly fatherhood

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Whose love

Also reaches

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Far

Beyond.

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Inspired by this moment in the life of St. Francis of Assisi (below), captured so powerfully by the painter Giotto, where Francis renounces “all worldly goods”, including his own father, and devotes himself entirely to his “heavenly father” (see the symbol of the hand at the top of the painting, representing God)…

“St. Francis Renounces All Worldly Goods”, Giotto