Jottings from Fr. J.J.


Zillions of ideas, numerous volunteers, countless hours of work and finally it has arrived. This weekend we as a parish sponsor Art for God’s Sake, the juried, professional art show that highlights sacred themes. As many artists this week were dropping off their pieces for display, comments like “this is so classy,” “I thought this was going to be a typical church art show, but this is far from it. This is truly amazing,” were made over and over. So . . .

Don’t forget to “cheer for our church” to try to win the magnificent 16-foot Holy Trinity Statue for St. Anastasia.  Voting begins this weekend and ends on the Blessed Mothers feast, August 15, 2011. Please visit the Mt. Elliot Cemetery Association website to get your vote in.

By the time you read this, we will have already celebrated an elegant opening night gala. But remaining through the weekend will be interactive art demos, educational opportunities, dance and dramatic performances, martini bars, art demos, and non-juried artwork of well-known artists and local clergy. This inspiring art  celebration is a rarity in the Archdiocese of Detroit so I invite you to participate.

Our mission is “to expose the community to the transcendent beauty of art while inviting artists to share their talents so that ‘the knowledge of God can be better revealed and the preaching of the Gospel can become clearer to the human mind.’ With that in mind, I want you to read some of the following quotes from famous artists and see how the Holy Spirit has been guiding artists from the beginning of time…

  • The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle
  • The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon
  • A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne
  • Don’t look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them. Constantine Brancusi
  • If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper
  • Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso
  • The painting has a life of its own. Jackson Pollock
  • I have always sought to be understood and, while I was taken to task by critics or colleagues, I thought they were right, assuming I had not been clear enough to be understood. This assumption allowed me to work my whole life without hatred and even without bitterness toward criticism, regardless of its source. I counted solely on the clarity of expression of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so. Henri Matisse
  • The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrian
  • Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God. Rembrandt
  • He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. St Francis of Assisi

God Bless,
Fr. J.J.