"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas Card: Attempt #1

St. Francis at Greccio.
I don't know if it is too plain and cold for a proper Christmas card? The scan is bad of course - in reality the colours are softer, and the wreath is not cut off. Perhaps if I added a thin gold edging to the composition it would be enough to enrich the card.
(The figure is after a painting attributed to Antonio Carracci)


  1. I love it but as a mother I have to say that it looks like the baby is going to fall head first on the floor. Otherwise it's so beautiful I would buy it from you!!!!

  2. Thanks Angela - St. Francis was tossing the bambino in the air right before you looked - he just caught him!

  3. It's spectacular!
    (Get this professionally printed, start selling them on etsy, have a new source of income, that's okay to do, it isn't using God, we need Catholic artists and a worker deserves his wage--I guess I'm still telling people what to do :>)

  4. Terry, that's cool! You should definitely do more of these and sell them!

  5. Anonymous10:04 AM


    It's so beautiful, and although my first reaction was "Careful now, St. Francis", it also makes me ponder the reality of Jesus' humanity. Yes, he was a squirmy, wiggly baby who was most likely fascinated by his own feet at some point.
    That blows my mind.


  6. Anonymous10:35 AM

    It rocks.

  7. Thanks everyone! I'll work on a few more then.

  8. More than a try - an accomplishment.

  9. Terry: I agree with Angela that the Saint looks awkward but isn't that the point? If given the opportunity to hold The Christ Child wouldn't we look the same way? I think I would.

    I really like this.

    Please send me one for Christmas.

    Praying for your health, my friend.

  10. This is stunning. I think it accurately shows the simplicity of the first Christmas (well, not that St Francis was there...) Definitely not "too plain".


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