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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, October 16, 1987 Page 4 Faith Today P'LGRIMAGE00 l I /t"i "The h,ve of God is guages" of faith, dress tile spirit within people -- dividual out of isolation into the I I // so great that it goes The story of faith is too full to address the whole person. The c(,nmlunit. --tile one who speaks II [/ beyond the limits oli ever to be told conlpletely in a artist's nati, e language may not and the one who is addressed. I I ( language, be,,)nd hunl;ln language ,)nee ;uld for all take the forrr| of words or tile Througla their exl, ressions of faith I I #4 the grasp of artistic cx- So different people with diffe"ent progressive deveh)pment ,)f logical in human terms, pe,)pk: touch II /t pression, beyond human talents try vet again to give it thoughts meant to cxpl:tin or per- each other, providing each other !1 ,// .understanding" And vet, it cxpressio'n.' su:lde. But the artist spcaks in with credible signs of faith's I I/a is c)ncrctelv embodied in It is the artist's gift to see from convincing terms n()nethelcss, power to give meaning to lift-. I Son J00sus Christ, and a unique perspective. A combina- Today this aspect of the artist's It is natural for faith to be given I| 'J !nin ntshis bodv,I . the church." tion of insight and craftsmanshi, p g, ift is. often empire, ed for the expression, through the re'my,. ,'rod II \\; 5 PpeJhn Paul II speaking to enable tile artist to "speak" in a design of places of worship in varying talents of t, he church's ]l \\; the sick and elderly in San Fran- fresh way. which the very environment people. For faith is a dynamic |1 cisco, September 1987) So it has been part of the ar- draws out the spirit within peo- force in life, not an abstract Faith is given voice in many ways. Preachers and teachers, artists, servants of the poor and people at prayer all have their manner of expressing faith. Their words, works and actions are "lan- tist's role in the church to tell the story of faith from the point of view of one who recognizes the inner meaning of events and the special spark that gave life to .the great figures of salvation history. It is the artist's gift, also, to ad- pie, while also serving to make them aware that they are a people of God. Language is a human power. It has the power to form links among people. It enables people to share together in faith. Language helps to bring each in- concept. Whether the "language" in question takes the form of words, actions on behalf of others, prayer, fasting or a work of art, it is a sign -- a sign of faith that is alive and that is being given its full place in this human world. _o.,.,.,.,.o.,.o.o.o.o.o.,.,.o.o.,.,.o...o.,.,. CHILDREN'S PLACE.,.o.o',.,.o.o'o'o'o" Letting 'the angel come out' By Janaan Manternach NC News Service ne day a famous artist named Michelangelo was pushing a huge stone down a street. A woman watched him curiously as she sat in a rocking chair on her porch. "Why are you working so hard to move that old rock?" she asked. Without stopping, the artist answered, "Because there's an angel in that rock who wants to come out." Whether this old story is true or not, no one knows. But it tells a lot about Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest artists of all time. Michelangelo wanted to be an artist as far back as he could remember. His father thought Michelangelo should become a businessman. But young Michelangelo did not give up. When he was 13 his father agreed to let him study art. It opened up an exciting new world to him. A year or two later, Michelangelo began listening to the sermons of a famous preacher whose words made a lasting im- pression on him. Michelangelo began to see his art as an expression of his Catholic faith. He believed that his task was to create such beautiful works of art that people who saw them would be'moved to pray and to live good lives. He felt he could only do that if his art grew out of his own good life and his own prayer. So he prayed with his paint brushes and chisels as well as his words. - People soon recognized Michelangelo's genius. He was able to look at a rock and see in- side it an angel he could make visible. His sculpture and his pain- tings were unusually beautiful. So too were his poems. In 1505 Pope Julius II invited Michelangelo to create works of art for the church. This was the beginning of 60 years of creative work done for the popes. Michelangelo did not always find it easy to work for them. But during those years he created some of the world's most well- loved art. For four years he labored over the awesome paint- ings on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Among other Bible stories, they show God creating the world and the coming of Jesus Christ. More than 30 years later the ar- tist finished painting the Sistine Chapel with an overpowering work showing the Last Judgment. Michelangelo also created great statues of Jesus, David and Mary. One, often called The Pieta, shows Mary holding the dead body of her son. It is in the world's largest church, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Michelangelo was that church's major designer. Few artists have touched the hearts of more people than Michelangelo. Through the beauty of his art he has helped people discover God in the people and things around them, even in a big old rock. (Ms. Manternach is the author of catecheticai u, orks, scripture stories and original stories for children.) You're the anist! Michelangelo was a great artist. Following his ex- ample, use your crayons to re- create a scene from the Bible. Or, using model- ing clay, make a model of a bib- lical person. Show your work of art to someone when it is completed and tell the bib- lical story behind it. From the bookshelf In A Child's Guide to Looking at Paintings, authors Frances Ken- net, Terry Measham and Malcolm Livingston write: "Paintings are like peolSle. They can speak to you, make you feel happy, angry, shocked or calm. They might startle or impress you, make you laugh or cry. They help you see places you may never visit, meet famous people in history, make up scenes and stories in your im- agination." The book is a tool for helping you to see what is in a painting. The book helps you to discover the language of art. (Marshall Cavendish Limited, 58 Old Compton St., London W1V5PA. 1981.) Ii