Archive for September 24th, 2012

St Andrei Rublev

The Holy Trinity, St Andrei’s most famous icon

From A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons:

In the dark, violent, and brutish years of medieval Russia, there lived shining examples of God’s grace, who shone all the brighter in contrast with the surrounding shadows. Among these elders, monastics and ascetics lived one man who preached the Gospel in paints rather than words: Andrei Rublev

In common with all pious iconographers, Rublev did not paint for glory, profit, or fame, and did not sign his works. Yet the style of Rublev’s icons are so distinctive, so beautiful, that he inspired a whole school of iconography which is instantly recognizable.

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Surprising Source, But True

Proof positive that truth can come from any source: former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson’s column, which appeared in The Washington Post a few days ago. I have never been a fan of the man, but here he is:

“Yet a Republican ideology pitting the ‘makers’ against the ‘takers’ offers nothing. No sympathy for our fellow citizens. No insight into our social challenge. No hope of change. This approach involves a relentless reductionism. Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class.”

And he ends with a call for attention to Catholic social teaching, mentioning, as is unusual for anyone on the Right, not  only subsidiarity, but solidarity with the poor.

Read the rest here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-a-republican-mind-set-without-promise/2012/09/20/798901f8-0344-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_story.html

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