Like many other WordPress bloggers, Biltrix received a “2012 Year in Blogging” report. I decided not to share it as a separate post on the blog but I did want to share something interesting I found in the stats. People are in search of Jesus searching for them.
William Holman Hunt, Light of the World
I purloined this story from another source (namely Facebook) — they won’t mind, I’m sure.
“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: More…
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord.”
Death is a mystery to us, the great unknown.
Yet Christian language has a very positive, hope-filled language towards the mystery of death, as we pray in the Collect today at Mass:
“Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength.” More…
By Fr Jason Smith
The Awakening Conscience
We ache because we are not full.
In The Awakening Conscience William Holman Hunt places his finger—or brush, better said, on the ache found deep within every person: We either have God who alone can fill us, or we will endlessly try to pursue the things that cannot do so.
By most standards today, the woman in Hunt’s painting should be blissfully happy, if wealth, prestige, social status, gourmet eating, sexual encounters, and the like, indeed left one filled. More…
Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle
Caravaggio – The Calling of Saint Matthew
Br Fr Joseph Tham, LC
Munch Edward — The Scream
Recently, Edvard Munch’s emblematic painting “The Scream” was sold for $119.9 million, and became the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction. This painting is one of four similar works by the Norwegian expressionist artist and is also the only one to include a poem on the frame. He explained the inspiration behind this composition: More…
By Br Robert Antonio, LC
Immanuel Kant writes the essay “What is Enlightenment” in response to a question posed by a Prussian official and clergyman. The historical context is 18th century Prussia, currently under the rule of the enlightened Frederick the Great. Even though he ruled despotically, Frederick the Great brought about huge political and economic reform. Five years before the French Revolution, the enlightenment was in full swing, but few would be able to predict the consequence of its ideas in the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)