Saturday, April 26, 2008

"The ecstasy seems as much erotic as religious"

The painting is the Stigmatization of St. Francis, by Vicente Carducho from a New York Times article on an exhibit, El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III, that Ken Johnson, writing for the Times calls "a rich, uneven stew of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Philip III reigned from 1598-1621.

Blessed Saint Clare,
whose very name means light,
illumine the darkness of our minds and hearts
so that we might see
what God wishes us to do
and perform it
with a willing and joyful heart.
Before your birth,
a Heavenly voice foretold
that you would be a light illuminating the world.
Be a light to us in the sorrows
and anxieties of this earthly life,
and lead us into the eternal light
of our home in Heaven.


(Fourth day of a novena to St. Clare I am currently praying on behalf of a very dear sister and friend)

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