ART AND SPIRITUALITY
Visual Arts Music Literature
De Wit Paintings in Abbey Church
:...visiting churches, art galleries and museums “is not only an occasion for cultural enrichment,” but can also be “a moment of grace, an encouragement to strengthen our relationship and our dialogue with the Lord.”
It is “where we can stop and contemplate, in the transition from simple, external reality to a deeper reality, the ray of beauty that strikes us, that almost wounds us in our inner selves and invites us to rise towards God.” Pope Benedict XVI
Those who perceive in themselves this kind of divine spark which is the artistic vocation—as poet, writer, sculptor, architect, musician, actor and so on—feel at the same time the obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it at the service of their neighbour and of humanity as a whole. Pope John Paul II
Read More: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_23041999_artists_en.html
Pianist Calls St Joseph Abbey Home
I think that theres a very close relationship between spirituality and music. I think that they are two sides of the same coin in many ways; they are both pointing in the same direction. And so, I think that whatever Im able to offer as a musician as a pianist is very much in keeping with what I'm able to offer as a religious. And I also belong to the Benedictine Order, which I'm very lucky to be a member of that Order, because it traditionally promotes the arts the importance of the arts in the life of the church; the lifestyle of a Benedictine involves a lot of music.
Fr. Sean Duggan, OSB
Father Duggan won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for pianists in Washington D.C., which entitled him, among other honors, to various concerts around the country and a two-month tour of Germany. In the “Bach Year”, 1985, he gave complete performances of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Birmingham to critical acclaim. In 1991 he participated again in the Bach Competition in Washington D.C.; this time he was one of three first-place winners, and this entitled him to another round of concert engagements and a second tour of Germany.
Walker Percy and The Abbey
Walker Percy was one of the most influential American writers and philosophers of the 20th century. PBS: Walker Percy: A Documentary Film
Walker Percy was an Oblate of St Benedict and is buried in the Abbey Cemetery. His resting place is visited often by those from around the world who admire his work.