Archive for July 5th, 2009

Icon of Christ the Great High Priest

5 July, 2009

Christ the Priest for Year for Priest

Iconographer Marek Czarnecki of Seraphic Restorations in Meriden, Connecticut, has graciously given the USCCB the rights to use the icon of Christ the Great High Priest during the Year for Priests.  The artist allows anyone to use or reproduce the icon, as long as it is not for any commercial purpose, (i.e., it cannot be reprinted to be sold or resold, or reprinted on something that will be sold). If this is the intent, they need to contact the artist for permission to license the image, under written contract. 

This icon is “based on a fifteenth century Greek prototype; here Christ is shown in Latin Rite vestments with a gold pelican over His heart, the ancient symbol of self-sacrifice. The borders contain a windig grapevine and altar prepared for the celebration of the liturgy of the Mass; in the borders are smaller icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.”

Whispering about the faults of others ….

5 July, 2009

P1050175“Believe me, the pest of religious communities is judging the actions of others and losing sight of one’s own. Interpreting the actions of others in a bad light, whispering about the faults of others, murmuring, reporting what you think about one another, oh, what a pest this is! Oh, what ruin that causes in poor communities! True humility always finds vices in self and had no chance to look at others’ actions. It makes us solicitous to wipe out every vicious thing that is displeasing in the eyes of God. Moreover true humility of heart makes me know and believe that there is no one in the world worse than I, how could it ever allow me to judge another whom I hold to be better and more holy?”

(Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to Passionist Religious, 2nd May 1750)

[Photo – Statue of St. Paul of the Cross in the grounds of the Retreat House, Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy]