Art & Literature

… Liz Lev on Benedict XVI on beauty and the arts. Greg Wolfe, Brian Zahnd, Stratford Caldecott take up similar themes.         Ego sum … William Congdon.

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The 2012 French film Amour is a powerful, realistic portrayal of one spouse’s care and love for the other in the twilight of their lives … in disability and decline … nearing death. Georges is an attentive and loving caregiver to his wife Anne, declining in her ability to care for herself as she suffers […]

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Mr. Ives’ Christmas … a life-changing story of love, grief and the healing power of forgiveness … “A magnificently sad and enchanting novel, a celebration, ultimately, of giving and grace”(Booklist) … the story of a father’s journey after the Christmas-time murder of his son.

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Perhaps it was the rhythm of the wheels clicking past the joints of the rails, or the lurching and swaying of the coaches, or the weaving of steam and smoke as they painted the brush and the sandy banks through which the train sped. Or perhaps it was the fields newly ploughed and newly cut, […]

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… a grade school teacher’s suicide reveals our (therapeutic) culture’s reduction of grief to a disease that needs to be cured … rather than a mysterious journey on which we accompany each other. Wikipedia IMDb Rotten Tomatoes streams on Netflix

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… Ian Marcus Corbin discusses Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs … “ … Górecki offers graceful, meandering exploration that, if one is patient, offers the humbler salve of continuity. This sort of grief, Mr. Górecki seems to sense, must be lived through, not rushed past. What consolation does come comes by way of passing time, […]

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Sonnet 23 … John Milton Methought I saw my late espoused saint        Brought to me, like Alcestis, from the grave,        Whom Jove’s great son to her glad husband gave,        Rescu’d from death by force, though pale and faint. Mine, as whom wash’d from spot of child-bed taint        Purification in the old […]

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… for the person suffering it, but the hardest thing is not being able to experience sickness in a truly human way. Enzo: The Adventure of a FriendshipEnzo: The Adventure of a Friendship. Emilio Bonicelli. p. 50

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… before his heart’s curtain? Rilke’s 4th Duino Elegy … O trees of life, O when are you wintering? We are not unified. We have no instincts like those of migratory birds. Useless, and late, we force ourselves, suddenly, onto the wind, and fall down to an indifferent lake. We realise flowering and fading together. […]

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