Posted By bwatchman / Tarkovsky / Cinema, Rublev, Sculpting in Time, Tarkovsky / 22 Comments

“ It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been capable of paying attention to the experience of art, and allowing ourselves to be changed in accordance with the ideals it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through shock and catharsis, to make the human soul receptive to good. It’s ridiculous to imagine that people can be taught to be good…Art can only give food – a jolt – the occasion – for psychical experience. ” (Tarkovsky, ‘Sculpting In Time’, pg. 50)

image: still form Tarkovsky’s ‘Andrei Rublev’

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Posted By bwatchman / The Little Ones / Animals, Creation, Sacred Scripture / 11 Comments

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” | Job 12:7-10 photo by Jo-Anne McArthur


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Posted By bwatchman / Sacred Scripture / Icon, mystical, Sacred Scripture / 5,091 Comments

“My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted choice vines in it. In the middle he built a tower, he dug a press there too. He expected it to yield grapes, but sour grapes were all that it gave.” | Isaiah 5:2


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Posted By bwatchman / Solitary / Office, Sessional Hymn, Solitary / 282 Comments

Be moved, O God, by the sufferings that your saints endure for You; we beseech You to heal all our sufferings, O Lord and Lover of Humankind. (Daily Office, Wednesday Sessional Hymn II) image by unknown

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Posted By bwatchman / Solitary / Nesterov, Office, Sessional Hymn, Solitary / 10 Comments

Foolishly have I separated myself from You, O Lord, and like the Prodigal I have wasted all my life. As a slave I have served my senseless and sinful desires each day. But now I beg You, O God of tenderness, through the intercession of the angels, welcome me as the Prodigal and save me. (Daily Office, Monday Sessional Hymn II) image by Mikhail Nesterov

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Stand Still

Posted By bwatchman / A Branch of The Watchful Tree: "The New Call" / doherty, newcall, quote, saint / 10 Comments

“Stand still, and allow the deadly restlessness of our tragic age to fall away like the worn-out, dusty cloak it is.” | Catherine Doherty

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Posted By bwatchman / A Branch of The Watchful Tree: "The New Call" / ephrem, newcall, quote, saint / 4,932 Comments

“Good speech is silver, but silence is pure gold.” | St. Ephrem the Syrian

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Posted By bwatchman / A Branch of The Watchful Tree: "The New Call" / hesychios, newcall, quote, saint / No Comments

“The guarding of the intellect (nous or eye of the heart) may appropriately be called ‘light-producing’, ‘lightning-producing’, ‘light-giving’ and ‘fire-bearing.'”  |St. Hesychios

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