"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, January 21, 2010
The Grand Inquisitor.
On the subject of background checks...
Fr. Robert Fox, God rest his soul, purchased this icon of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima from me a few years ago. The original work was of the two Blesseds, with relicarios containing 3rd class relics of their clothing in reliquaries at each corner. Fr. Fox definitely wanted the icon, but before he purchased it I had to go through a mini-inquisition of sorts. He wanted to know details concerning my spiritual background. Was I Catholic? Did I attend Mass? How often? Did I work? Where? What did I do? Have I painted religious art before? Do I pray? How much? The Rosary? Was I married? Single? Did I live alone? In a monastery? How long? Why did I leave? Do I follow Church teaching? The Pope? Isn't your asking price a little steep? Well then, would you add this and that detail?
I wasn't put out, and I willingly added everything you see in the border to please Fr. Fox's taste. The asking price was less than what a good attorney charges for drawing up an average will and testament. I obviously passed the background check and Father was pleased with the additions, since he purchased the finished icon.