Lover of My Soul


Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Let me to thy mercy fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life be past;
Safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me:
All my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of thy wing.

Plenteous grace with thee is found,
Grace to cleanse from every sin;
Let the healing streams abound,
Make and keep me pure within:
Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of thee:
Spring thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity.

Hymn by Charles Wesley, 1740.


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Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty


Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty
Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty
Spirit seeking light and beauty,
Heart that longest for thy rest,
Soul that asketh understanding,
Only thus can ye be blest.
Through the vastness of creation
Tho' your restless thought may roam,
God is all that you can long for,
God is all his creatures' home.

Taste and see him, feel and hear him,
Hope and grasp his unseen hand;
Tho’ the darkness seem to hide him,
Faith and love can understand.
God, who lovest all thy creatures,
All our hearts are known to thee;
Lead us thro’ the land of shadows
To thy blest eternity.

This beautiful, haunting hymn was written by an English nun of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Janet Erskine Stuart (1857-1914), who converted from Anglicanism. She set the words to the lovely Gaelic tune Domhnach Trionoide which translates “Trinity Sunday.”

Sketch for a painting by Sierra Dante, Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty


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Naturally Gifted verses The Hardworking Sower


The Vineyard in Winter
"Some people who think themselves naturally gifted don’t want to touch either philosophy or logic. They don’t even want to learn natural science. They demand bare faith alone—as if they wanted to harvest grapes right away without putting any work into the vine. We must prune, dig, trellis, and do all the other work. I think you’ll agree the pruning knife, the pickaxe, and the farmer’s tools are necessary for growing grapevines, so that they will produce edible fruit. And as in farming, so in medicine: the one who has learned something is the one who has practiced the various lessons, so that he can cultivate or heal. And here, too, I say you’re truly educated if you bring everything to bear on the truth. Taking what’s useful from geometry, music, grammar, and philosophy itself, you guard the Faith from assault." — St. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215 AD), p. 13,  an excerpt from "A Year With The Church Fathers"


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Dante and Matilda


While pursuing a master's degree and studying Sacred Art, I am continuously asking questions and putting them out in the universe. For instance, can allegorical art really unlock the imagination and open the heart of the viewer? Can a single image really say a thousand words or does it take a thousand words to create a single image?

Two of the most brilliant artists, Dante Alighieri and John William Waterhouse, one spoke in words, the other in paint.

Dante and Matilda (study) (formerly called "Dante and Beatrice" from Dante's Poem of Purgatory) John William Waterhouse c. 1914-17


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The Assumption of Mary by Rubens, circa 1626
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked with favor on his humble servant.From this day all generations will call me blessed,the Almighty has done great things for me,and holy is his Name.He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm,he has scattered the proud in their conceit.He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,and has lifted up the humble.He has filled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy,the promise he made to our fathers,to Abraham and his children for ever.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.Amen. Alleluia 

Today we celebrate the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother Mary. We celebrate her beauty, goodness and truth. One of my favorite paintings : The Assumption of Mary by Rubens, circa 1626

~ Mary is the new Eve, the new Promise, the new Covenant.

~ She was God’s Tabernacle, where he dwelt inside her, pure and free from sin.

~ She is our Queen of Heaven, sitting next to Jesus as our King. Just as King David had his mother as Queen.

~ Mary’s relics were never found, which would have been a prize procession to any church. Instead, we believe her body was assumed into heaven and is with her Son.

Today we celebrate in hope that we too, will be assumed in heaven one day...God willing.


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