©Michele L. Catanese
Note: The next post will be on June 3. After over 5 years of posting, I am taking a short 'blog holiday.' Therefore I will be skipping the next regularly scheduled entry which would have been in two weeks. So during the week of May 20 please avail yourselves of the Archive posts which are always accessible, with links found on the right side of this very page. (Simply scroll up on this page to find them.) My suggestion would be to go to an Easter season blog from a previous year or go to May of last year and revisit one of those entries. Thanks for your support in following this blog, Heart Speaks to Heart.
1. Inset of The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle (Apparition du Christ au cénacle), painting by James Tissot: I chose this to begin the post because Tissot captured the startled response of the apostles as Jesus appeared to them behind locked doors. I also loved the luminosity of Jesus' wounded hands, highlighted by the muted tones of the darkened room. I cropped the painting so this could be seen more easily. To see the full work, click here: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/13526
2. Inset of Eucharist in a Fruit Ring by Jan Davidsz de Heem: This is one of my favorite depictions of the Eucharist because de Heem made the presence of Christ visible, again choosing to make the image on the host luminous. You can find some more information on this painting at https://www.flickr.com/photos/hen-magonza/31347492910
3. One of my photos, taken in Maine as the sun was setting: I guess I am 'stuck' on luminosity in this post because this one picks up the glow of the sun such that the clouds erupted in incredible hues of orange and yellow. When I experienced this glorious sunset, it was a peaceful, but joyous time, therefore it seemed fitting for this paragraph.
4. Another of my photos, taken in a vineyard near Schulenburg, TX: Again, the theme of luminosity is present! When I chose the paintings and photos for each section I was not intentionally trying to have them all contain something which glows. It was only after I placed them into the text and began my notes that I noticed that most of them captured some element of the theme of light. Perhaps the Spirit wanted us to know that the peace of Jesus creates luminosity within those who accept it.
5. Again, one of my photos, taken in the woods while on a hike in Maine: I chose this photo because of the trees growing out of the rock. It fit with what I was saying about the peace of Jesus being stronger than ordinary peace. Even the hardest of hearts can be a place where the peace and love of Jesus can take root.
6. Resurrection icon: More light! This is a photo of traditional resurrection icon given to me as a gift. I chose to place it here because it shows Jesus freeing souls of the holy ones from their tombs, (from the netherworld, or Sheol), and so it directly speaks to the quote from St. Paul: nothing, not even physical death, can separate us from Christ.
7. St. Padre Pio Mother Pelican, icon written by Fr. William Hart McNichols: This icon is one I have always loved, mostly because I have a devotion to St. Padre Pio. In his letters and in his preaching Padre Pio was continually saying that we should be at peace and that worry is useless. "Pray, hope, and don't worry" are words of wisdom. Let us ask for his intercession that these words take root in us. If you wish to obtain a copy of this icon, available in a variety of sizes and mediums, go to https://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-st-padre-pio-mother-pelican-047-william-hart-mcnichols.html
8. One of my photos, taken at Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland: This huge hibiscus flower was actually larger than my hand, something the photo does not capture. But I chose to add it here because of its beauty. The flower in the background is closed, but this one is fully open; this seemed to speak of the peace of Christ empowering us to be fully open to the mission we are given as disciples, and fully open to receive Jesus' mercy, love, and peace.
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