New dirty word

“Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial.
Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him:
‘O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.'”

St. Boniface

(detail painting by Julie Cook based on Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim’s Altarpiece 1510 / 2012)

Avoiding the Cross is the essence of the demonic…
Consider the softness of the Church today: the desire to accommodate herself to the world,
shrinking away from sacrifice, self-denial.
We have today in the Christian world a new dirty word, but it doesn’t have four letters.
The new dirty word has five: c-r-o-s-s.
Christ without the Cross?
Sure, anyone will accept that.

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen
from Through the Year with Fulton Sheen

16 comments on “New dirty word

  1. oneta hayes says:

    We want the glory without the suffering. Jesus, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. He paid heavily.

  2. says:

    Your talents astound me, dear Julie. You should take up your brush again. Maybe teach the mayor how to paint. How’s that baby thing going. Tomorrow for sure right?

    • I got home yesterday as we all thought Tuesday— I had a million things to do today, like get Percy from the vets— but they called at midnight— I raced back to Atlanta— got to the hospital at 1 and got Autumn and brought her back to the house — Gregory followed and stayed at the hospital until 3 then came to the house— he went back at 7:30– I’ve got wild autumn with me now— the sheriff should arrive by the afternoon— oh- that painting is actually in color and was to be a triptych— I was working on when I retired from school— I’ll email you a pic of the full thing

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, I did not mean “too intense” as a criticism. The picture is so intense, I chose not to look. Great painting.

  4. SharaC says:

    Amazing talent my friend. Beautifully said as always. Praying for all the happenings with you!!

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