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Seed of a New World film
Seed of a New World film
I would like to share with you a Kickstarter campaign that a couple of the young men in the Schoenstatt Movement of Austin are running to fund their film project documenting the 100th anniversary of Schoenstatt's founding. This film that Alex Quintana and Mark Leatherman are working on has the potential to be a powerful tool for engaging the culture with a new vision and life that is founded in the Schoenstatt Marian spirituality through a professional and spiritual sensitivity to the visual and audio arts. The links to the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign video are at the bottom of this email. The link to the Kickstarter campaign also has detailed information about the project that elaborates on what the project is about. I invite you to prayerfully consider contributing to this creative project through your prayers and through your financial support. They are so very close to their goal of $37,000 with only four days left to raise these funds. In case you are not aware, Kickstarter is a way for people to fund their projects (virtually any project) via electronic donations. No funds will be given toward the project if the goal is not made (this is how Kickstarter works...), so whatever you can give through your prayers and financial support will be greatly helpful in making this film a reality! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/882830440/seed-of-a-new-world-film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8FgWfJ97k

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The Wait and the Reward
The Wait and the Reward
Anna Rose Bain is a professional Christian artist who lives in Dallas, Texas.  By email Anna told me, when I painted "The Wait and the Reward", I never realized the impact it would have on the pro-life movement as well as the Catholic / Christian scene. I have been humbled and awed by its circulation, as well as the association some have made with it almost being a Madonna-esque portrait. Anna's painting caught the attention of Steen Heidemann, the curator of the Faces of Christ Collection. Steen commented "You are an excellent painter, you know your skill! I shall be honoured to have one of your paintings joining the collection."  The Faces of Christ will debut at St. Benedict Center, outside Omaha, NE on September 12-14, 2016.  From Omaha, the collection will travel to Dayton OH, Latrobe PA, St Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Phoenix AZ, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Salt Lake City UT, Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Fairfield CT, and New York NY.  Our goals and more information can be found at www.Faces-of-Christ.com

Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus meets his Mother
Jesus meets his Mother
Fred Anchao is a Lutheran Christian artist in Kisii, Kenya who teaches his craft and supports his community through religious art.  I found Fred's artwork on Facebook which you can see here https://www.facebook.com/fred.anchao?fref=ts&ref=br_tf  Fred's family and his community work together to create artwork from hard but delicate soapstone. Soapstone occurs naturally in Kenya and is pulled from the earth by hand without big machines.  Kisii is a village sustaining themselves out of the earth, literally.  The soapstone, white and sometimes red, is rigid enough to withstand sawing and chopping with a sharp knife but soft enough to carve details.  See Youtube "Carving a fair trade soapstone piece in Kisii, Kenya"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhccdpkqcvw "Mary, mother of God" is the title of the piece below, which has some of the red soapstone.  The sun on the left shines down upon Mary and Jesus to show the delight and beauty of their life together, Mary raising Jesus.  It is balanced on the right by red soapstone, representing the sorrows which pierce Mary.  This season of Lent is a reminder of the beauty of life with Jesus mingled with our sorrows on earth.  This earthly world is filled with many sorrows but people like Fred and his family find JOY in JESUS, making devotionals of our Christian Faith out of the rock of the earth.
Holy Mother of God
Holy Mother of God
 

thestoryfinal_cover-300x300 I’ve been looking for popular Catholic artists and music which testifies to our Christian Faith. Tonight I found a collection of music we can all appreciate. It is (music inspired by) The Story written in 2011 by Nichole Nordeman http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/nichole-nordeman-the-story-interview-goodwyn.aspx and Bernie Herms featuring artists: Nichole Nordeman , Amy Grant (RUTH), Bart Millard (MOSES), Francesca Battistelli (MARY), Natalie Grant (MARY MAGDALENE), Steven Curtis Chapman (THIEF), Mark Hall & Megan Garrett (ABRAHAM AND SARAH). A comprehensive collection of talents and styles, this 18 song group of violin, piano, full orchestra, and vocals represents the Bible story in voices from Genesis to Jesus' Resurrection. There are many but most beautiful song on the album, in my opinion, is the the song “Be Born in Me” - the voice of Mary sung by Francesca Battistelli.  An instrumental section begins "Be Born in Me" reflecting the instrumental "I AM (Creation)" that begins the album:  this sounds to me like the Annunciation.  Then incorporating the beautiful vocals of Francesca Battistelli, Mary tells how she feels about her experience, her love for God, and she declares acceptance of her role in Salvation. I remember when Jesus Christ Superstar (the album) came out in the 70's.  "The Story" is as good and as impactful; such an accomplished work is set to inspire our Faith in Jesus and help us participate in the family of God. I recommend visiting http://www.thestorycd.com/ or iTunes to search for The Story to give a listen. Their last tour was in 2013.  Maybe 2015 is time again.

Picturing Mary
Picturing Mary
If you can't travel to Washington, DC to see the exhibit Picturing Mary, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has a digital collection of videos and images which cover a small part of the exhibit: http://nmwa.org/global-icon Here's the full site for the National Museum of Women in the Arts http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/picturing-mary-woman-mother-idea which also includes two other online previews.

Immaculate Conception (of Mary)
Immaculate Conception (of Mary)
Presentation of Mary by Titian, 1539 "Hail full of Grace" are the words the Angel uses at the Annunciation, for Mary was already blessed and pure since her conception.  The Immaculate Conception is not the conception of Jesus, rather it is of Mary, who conceived Jesus in an immaculate state with the Holy Spirit.  God's son was born of a holy woman, a consecrated virgin, who remained a perpetual virgin. Today, December 8th, includes a holy hour at 12 for Rosa Mystica, a series of visitations by Mary in Montachiari, Italy during 1947. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierina_Gilli