Category Archives: Art and Spirituality

When Government Believed in the People: the WPA

During our recent travels Jean and I have discovered a few of the treasures of the Works Progress Administration (1935-1943).  The delightful Riverwalk in San Antonio and in San Francisco the Ocean Beach Chalet (with its splendid murals and views) … Continue reading

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Awe, the Missing Ingredient

John Barrow. a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, wrote an article for Science and Theology News, in which he described the feelings of awe he had being in the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice with some other … Continue reading

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A Voice in the Wilderness: Humility

During this Advent season one must listen very carefully to hear the voice crying in the wilderness, the voice of humility. Continue reading

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A Secular Annunciation: “Something’s Comin” from West Side Story

While I was gazing at a reproduction of the gorgeous fresco The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, I started to sing a song from my favorite musical West Side Story.  The unconscious has a wonderful way of making associations.  The more … Continue reading

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Seeing God Face to Face

One meaning of contemplation is to gaze upon God, so it is natural for the contemplative to want to see God’s face.  At the same time the prospect of what we do not know is scary.   This ambivalence is reflected … Continue reading

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Returning To Childhood

A month ago I was at Stratford City railway station, part of the new city under construction at the 2012 Olympic site in London, and I saw a sign to Southend-on-Sea. A sudden urge arose within me to buy rover … Continue reading

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William Blake’s Epic Poems: Milton and Jerusalem

Most people’s acquaintance with the poet William Blake is limited to a few poems like “Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night…” (Songs of Experience) and “Little lamb who made thee?” (Songs of Innocence). If you have … Continue reading

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