Monday, August 15, 2011

Feast of the Assumption of the Blesed Virgin Mary

One can get an idea of the grandeur or this great feast day of the Church when looking at such a great work of art as this sculpture by the the baroque architect/sculptor Equid Quirin Asam. This work is in the 17th centruy church of  the Benedictine Abbey of Braunau in Rohr, Germany. This, of course, could still be accomplished in our Sacred spaces if man would allow it. It's not about cost - look at the relatively new Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles which cost how many millions of dollars? My opinion is that this structure is dull and meaningless on all accounts-inside and out. It is the LACK of a  spiritual aesthetic for the sacred that renders it so. It's all about design.

Monday, August 8, 2011

deer resting

Much to our joy, two deer were lazing about on the hillside just below the deck of our home. We'd seen the bare spots on the hillside before and figured this was a place they like to hang out. They didn't seem to mind us as long as we didn't come too close. Of course, as beautiful as these creatures are they just love to eat most everything-especially our wild grape vines.