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A Potpourri

Tonight Kara will share a brief collection of thought-provoking quotes on the intersection of faith and art from her recent readings. Enjoy!


G.K Chesterton, The Everlasting ManIMG_4164

“Every true artist does feel, consciously or unconsciously, that he is touching transcendental truths; that his images are shadows of things see through the veil.”


Pope Pious XII, The Function of Art (quoted in Truth, Fantasy, and Paradox by Jennifer Overkamp)

“The purpose of all art is to break the narrow boundaries of the finite, and open a window onto the infinite, for the benefit of the spirit of man, yearning in that direction.”


George MacDonald, The Seaboard Parish

“Our nature can never be at home among things that are not wonderful to us.”


KT-20150620_5777George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons

“Light unshared is darkness. To be light indeed, it must shine out. It is of the very essence of light, that it is for others.”


George MacDonald, The Miracles of Our Lord

“…there is glad significance in the fact that our Lord’s first miracle was this turning of water into wine. It is a true symbol of what he has done for the world in glorifying all things. With his divine alchemy he turns not only water into wine, but common things into radiant mysteries, yea, every meal into a eucharist, and the jaws of the sepulchre into an outgoing gate.”


Barry Green, The Inner Game of Music

“The answer, surely, is that we are trying too hard. We are trying in an anxious or frustrated way, and not surprisingly, this makes us tense up. This kind of trying results from doubt. If we didn’t doubt our ability to perform the task at hand, we wouldn’t need to try.”


Madeline L’Engle, Walking on Water

“In art, either as creators or as participators, we are helped to remember some of the glorious things we have forgotten, and some of the terrible things we are asked to endure, we who are children of God by adoption and grace.”IMG_7138

“To try to talk about art and about Christianity is for me one and the same thing, and it means attempting to share the meaning of my life, what gives it, for me, its tragedy and its glory.”

“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”

“In our anxiety to limit ourselves to that which we can comprehend definitively, we are losing all that is above, beyond, below, through, past, over that small area encompassed by our conscious minds.”

“An artist is someone who cannot rest, who can never rest as long as there is one suffering creature in this world. Along with Plato’s divine madness there is also divine discontent, a longing to find the melody in the discords of chaos, the rhyme in the cacophony, the surprised smile in time of stress or strain.”

“All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. No matter what. That, I think, is the affirmation behind all art which can be called Christian. That is what brings cosmos out of chaos.”