The Subjective Truth of Art

Table of Contents

Forward
Introduction
The Three Parts of Truth
Art and the Three Parts of Truth
Conclusion

Forward

At the start, I must warn those readers who attempt to tackle this paper. Unlike most of my other posts, which are more reflections, this is a paper I wrote for my Theory of Knowledge class this past Spring Semester and expounded upon for further completeness. That means this paper is a bit heavier on technical philosophy terminology. So if after reading there are any questions either contact me directly, or even better post in the comments so I can answer questions that others might have also. I hope to in the next month or so post an introduction to Aristotelian philosophy terminology, however, that doesn’t quite help those who are reading now.

Introduction

In this paper I will look at the subjective aspect of truth in art. Some contemporary notions of art holds that art’s meaning is completely subjective. That is to say, the meaning of art is in the beholder not the artistic piece itself. The truth of what the art is depicting for one person is as equally valid as another, even if they are contradictory. When I say subjective though, I do not mean subject as meant in contemporary art, the one viewing art. Instead, I will look at the subject as the one who creates the art, and how he imparts truth into art. First, we will look at just what do I mean by art. Art will be defined as any skilled, creative work.1 So art includes more activities besides what we normal consider art.2 For example more practical things like carpentry and cooking. Continue reading “The Subjective Truth of Art”

The Close of One Chapter and the Start of the Next

Talk about a busy past week. One week ago today I graduated from my Pre-Theology program at Immaculate Conception Seminary (ICS), a day later moved out, then a day later served two confirmation Masses that Friday, Mother’s Day was on Sunday and to wrap the past week up, yesterday drove down to Northern Virginia and back. All the while I’ve had a killer cold. However, instead of going into all the fun that all was or how much fun it was to be sick and now get my family sick, I want to say goodbye my brothers and the faculty at ICS as I prepare to move to Rome.

I’m not great at goodbyes, so I’ll be shorter than might be merited. I want to say thank you to all my brothers, the priests and teachers at ICS. For all your help, advice and guidance, both by word and example. May God bless all of you. To my brothers seminarians, know of my prayers and may our Lord continue to strengthen and guide you as you seek the Lord. I look forward to being coworkers in the vineyard of the Lord with you all in the future. Unlike when I graduated from college, where my friends now live all across the country, we will God willing be working and living within an hour or two (for the most part) of each other. When I said goodbye to my friends in college, some of them I didn’t know when I would see again. This time, yes I’ll be abroad for some time, but when I finish up in Rome I’ll be back and nearby again. So I see my parting from ICS as a slight hiatus until formation is done and we’ll all be close again. So to all my ICS brothers, until we see each other again, God bless.

Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Miracles

When I was a young kid, I remember asking my dad one day, “Why does it seem that there are no more miracles?” (Or something to that effect) At the time I was thinking about all the great miracles that I heard from the Bible. As a child they didn’t seem to happen anymore and I was a bit puzzled by that. Unfortunately for the story, I don’t remember what my dad answered in reply. But this question comes back to me every few years, especially when I think of the parable of faith the size of a mustard seed in Mt 17:20 or when we are told to, “ask and we will receive” earlier in Mt 7:7-11. So I wonder sometimes, where are all the miracles at?

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He is Risen, He is Truly Risen

Hosanna in excelsis! I have gone “to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.” (Jn 20:1) The tomb is empty, our Lord has risen. In dying he destroyed death, and in rising restored life. Let us proclaim the glory of God as He secures the victory of our salvation. What began in the Upper Room on Thursday, journeyed to the Crucifixion on Friday, has now been finished this day. Hosanna in excelsis!

Dominus Meus et Deus Meus, my Lord and my God, pour out Your new life into me, that I may believe in you ever more fully. Fill me with your spirit, that this lenten journey might not haven been in vain, that I might not remain unaffected having stood at Your cross. Help me that I might be able to participate in Your resurrection now, that I might be found worthy to be raised up on the last day and participate in the eternal resurrection.

My God I praise you, My Lord I worship you. Stay with me this day, open my heart to see you as you did for the disciple on the way to Emmaus. Teach me how to share the joy of Your resurrection with my neighbor and enemy, that they too might share in the joy of Your resurrection. Hosanna in excelsis!

Father Forgive Us for We Know not What We Do

As Christ, hung upon the cross He cried out, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Lk 23:34) If they had known that this was the Messiah, the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, surely they wouldn’t have crucified Him. But they didn’t, they didn’t know who He was, they didn’t recognize Him. Their hearts were stone, their eyes sealed, and ears stopped. Still, Christ called out for their forgiveness.

My Lord and God, how often do I sin against you? How often is my heart stone, eyes shut, ears stopped? If only I had a heart of flesh, or eyes that saw, or ears that heard, surely I wouldn’t sin against you. I know not what I do when I offend you, the pains it caused you, the wounds I commit against myself. In my lowliness I confuse that which is evil for good and good for evil. With every sin I pierce your side, I add to your lacerations. As I pierce your side, let the blood and water flow upon me that my heart may be softened, my eyes opened, and ears unstopped. Make me know what I have done unto you.

On the cross You called out for my forgiveness. My Lord, help me to call out to accept your forgiveness. Make me know what I have done, that your mercy might heal me. Having pierced Your side let me seek your forgiveness and so stand with the Centurion who, “glorified God and said, “This man was innocent beyond doubt.” (Lk 23:47) Heal me, cleanse me Lord, that on the day of Your glory, I might be found worthy to stand at your right, and not on your left (Mt 25:31-46). My sweet mother Mary, you who watched your Son die upon the cross, come to your child now, help me in my weakness.

Romeward Bound

It is official, I have been accepted as an incoming student for the program of priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College (also known as the PNAC or just the NAC) in Rome. I will be continuing my Theology studies and priestly formation in Rome after this school year finishes. It is weird to actually write this, I am actually going to be studying in Rome, the very heart of the Church on earth. I would like to take a quick moment to thank my Bishop, Most Reverend James F. Checchio, for this wonderful opportunity, and the trust and confidence that he has shown to me in giving me this opportunity. Continue reading “Romeward Bound”

Who is my neighbor: Man or Mankind

In Luke 10:25-37 we find a scholar of the law asking Jesus, “Who is my neighbor”, and Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Christ calls His listener to see those in need, even those that we don’t like, as our neighbor, and as one to love. Except, Christ seems to be more specific than just those who are in need are our neighbors. That notion is a bit general. No, instead He seem to say that person right in front of us is our neighbor. Ok, you might say, cool, I get that, what’s the fuss about.

So often in society today there are various movements to help those distant from us. For example we do 5ks to help people in war zones, cure diseases, and any number of various causes. Or we sign petitions or any number of things to help other people that are at a distance from ourselves. Our motivation is to help those less fortunate, and this is a good thing. After all, we are trying to help people in need. We love to do things to help others and make the world a better place.

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Reluctance to Battle Against Self

The great season of Lent is upon us. 40 days dedicated to personal spiritual growth and a journey leading us into the Holy Triduum. In anticipating the Resurrection, we dedicate time now to strive to be worthy to participate in the resurrection of Christ. We all have things we are giving up, and hopefully things which we are trying to do better during this time. So often when we think of things to give up, we think of things exterior to us like: kinds of food, Netflix, YouTube, soda, Facebook, etc. How often do we look to those interior things like: complaining, judgment, uncharitableness? Continue reading “Reluctance to Battle Against Self”

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Jerusalem

Holy Land Pilgrimage Posts:

Introduction
Part One: The Region of Galilee
Part Two: Jerusalem
Conclusion

Part Two: Jerusalem

This is the third part of my series on my pilgrimage to the Holy Land over Christmas break. I apologize for my delay in posting this, but the last few weeks have been exceptionally busy for me. Also, as a warning this post is quite long, it might be worth just looking at the various sections that peak your interest. Jerusalem was the highlight of the trip for me, compared to Nazareth and so I had a lot more to share. During this part, we head to Jerusalem for a week before heading back home. Below you can see the list of places which we visited in this section. Continue reading “Holy Land Pilgrimage: Jerusalem”