Category Archives: Letter To Artists

Letter To Artists 6b: A Glimpse Into The Abyss Of Light

Our examination with Pope John Paul II into that “fruitful alliance between the Gospel and art” continues looking at that commonality between the life of faith and the experience of great art: Believers find nothing strange in this: they know … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 6a: A Fruitful Alliance

John Paul II writes of “A fruitful alliance between the Gospel and art.” I want to take some extra time with this section. It’s one that should certainly give liturgical artists some fruit for reflection.  Faith, like art, deals with … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 5c-d: An Artist’s Vocabulary

Artists themselves have regarded the Bible as a treasure trove of inspiration, a vocabulary, if you will. Why is this so? Biblical characters resonate with people today, and of all ages. Their stories are very much like our own.  Sacred … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 5a-b: Art and the Mystery of the Word Made Flesh

We explore “Art and the mystery of the Word made flesh” in section 5 of this letter. Let’s take half today and the rest tomorrow. 5. The Law of the Old Testament explicitly forbids representation of the invisible and ineffable … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 4: The Artist and the Common Good

The artist and the common good: is this how artists view their place in culture? Is this how non-artists view the situation? Pope John Paul makes the point that we very much need artists–this is not a throwaway profession or … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 3c-d: Beauty, The Divine Spark

Artists produce for a greater good, not just for themselves, and not just from themselves. It is something of God: It is in living and acting that (people) establish (their) relationship with being, with the truth and with the good. The … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 3a-b: In The Service of Beauty

Section 3 is titled, “The artistic vocation in the service of beauty.” We hear a lot about beauty and art these days. Some people wonder if the two are connected any longer. After an initial citation: 3. A noted Polish … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 2: The Special Vocation of the Artist

Let’s look at “The special vocation of the artist” with Pope John Paul II: 2. Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 1d-f: That Gulf Between God and Us

Pope John Paul II explores “The artist, image of God the Creator” in the first numbered section of his Letter to Artists. Let’s continue on the thought we left yesterday, namely the distinction between the act of creating and that of … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 1a-c: Like God the Creator

For easier (I hope) reference, I’ll list the paragraphs within each numbered section by lower-case letter. In this first post on John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, let’s take the first half of section 1, “The artist, image of God … Continue reading

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Pope John Paul II’s Letter To Artists

On Easter Sunday 1999, Pope John Paul II released a Letter To Artists. The Holy Father was an artist himself, a poet, a playwright, and an actor. So he has some credibility even to those outside Christianity based solely on his … Continue reading

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