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August 31, 2006

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Barbara

We are all just here on assignment. When the assignment is finished, we get to go home.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.

Tim J.

I am actually considering a Memento Mori as a self portrait. That ought to help avoid any vanity issues, though most painters don't paint themselves out of vanity, but because it is hard to find other models who will consent to sit still for that long.

Tim J.

My prayers are with T., his family and friends.

Josh

That is a beautiful print.

patrick

May he rest in peace.

Pat

"Let's call him T."

Why don't you call him by his real name, particularly if you want your readers to pray for the repose of his soul?

Michelle Arnold

"Why don't you call him by his real name, particularly if you want your readers to pray for the repose of his soul?"

Out of respect for T.'s privacy and that of his survivors, I only identified him by an initial. I trust that if readers are kind enough to offer up a few prayers for "T." God will know for whom those prayers are intended.

Pat

Out of respect for T.'s privacy and that of his survivors, I only identified him by an initial. I trust that if readers are kind enough to offer up a few prayers for "T." God will know for whom those prayers are intended."

God will certainly know for whom those prayers are being offered, but the parish secretary that has to type out the Mass card probably won't.

Incidentally, T's obituary is available online. It took me about 30 seconds to find it. That same obituary also mentions his survivor and where she resides. I don't understand your need for secrecy, but I will respect it.

Michelle Arnold

"God will certainly know for whom those prayers are being offered, but the parish secretary that has to type out the Mass card probably won't."

If someone is so kind as to want to have a Mass said for T., he or she can send me an email and I will give that person the information needed.

"Incidentally, T's obituary is available online. It took me about 30 seconds to find it. That same obituary also mentions his survivor and where she resides. I don't understand your need for secrecy, but I will respect it."

Yes, I know the obituary is available online. The point isn't secrecy but respect for the privacy of individuals who may not wish to have the details of their private lives blogged about. Blogging is a tricky medium; it's not easy to know just how much information is Too Much Information, so I try to err on the side of caution, particularly when talking about private individuals who are not in the public eye.

Print's of this painting should be made available at the Jimmy Akin store.

Some Day

If we contemplate the concepts of Eternity , Salvation and Damnation, all the time, we would never sin. I pray to God that I never die in sin, not even venial, because temporal punishment is pretty harsh, and even saints have passed thru Purgatory. That is why I , well at least half-heartedly pray for maytrdom, because not only is it one of the most beutiful ways to go, but because we get to go and see the Creator, Judge, Savior and Lord, and His Mercy is shown.
I don't know about you guys, but when I commit a sin, I feel pretty bad afterwords, and only want to run to Confession. But when I fall and repent, I also pray that it isn't only of Fear of the Lord, but for true hurt that I offended God.
Many of our Pastors believe that reminding people of Death is not a good idea, saying fear does no good. Now an excess is bad, but I'll tell you, when I see a corpse, especially when I saw the person die, it really reminds you that the pleasures of this world, even the licit ones, aren't worth anything, and that if we must suffer and reject temptations for 10, 25, 75 or even thousands (St.Elias is believed by some to be in the Terrestial Paradise with St.Enoc, waiting till the end of the world, and acting in history every once in a while) years then it is worth it, because Time doesn't compare to Eternity.
This post really did some good to me, and it reminded me once more that the only requirement to die is to live.
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI

Matt Kennel

This was a particularly well timed post. I had a friend die yesterday, and am praying for the repose of his soul. I shall add T. to my prayers.

Some Day

My computer is set at 1024 x 768 ( I think)
Anyone know where there is a picture of this around that size? 800 x 600?

Tom

Ah, yes, I've seen one of those paintings by de Zurburan at the National Gallery in London. It's very good and I recommend anyone who's in the area to pop in and have a look. It's free, after all. There are also some nice Velasquez paintings in the same room.

patrick

One thing i'd noticed is why are monks and nun Saints are the most common subjects of Memento Mori paintings. Why is that?

J.R. Stoodley

patrick,

St. Francis of Assisi was a friar, not a monk, although he is painted here (inaccurately though I don't have a problem with it) as a Capuchin, the kind of Franciscan friars who do sometimes call themselves monks.

In any case I have a few ideas why religious are usually the ones in such paintings. First, an artist will generally choose a saint particularly connected to the remembering or contemplation of death, and religious saints will probably more often fit this model.

Also, the contemplative nature of true monasticism and the otherworldly lifestyle of authentic Mendicants make them particularly separated from the world and connected to the life to come. Contemplatives in particular live the closest thing to the life of heaven possible on this earth. This I think makes them particularly logical subjects to depict contemplating death.

Connected to this, from a mere artistic standpoint probably the habit of a religious makes the viewer think of prayer and contemplation and this helps show why the person is looking at a scull, what they can be presumed to be doing mentally when looking at it.

Perhaps Tim J. could give a more authoritative answer though.

Some Day

Because monks and nuns generally( these days this is subjective) more pius than the mundane people.
And they are the role models for society.
Not to lower the vocation of Marriage, but it is fairly common. Now the celebate are more, in a sense elite, therefore transmit the purpose of Memento Mori paintings with greater efficiency.
Suit and tie versus habit, habit wins in what has a more sense of prayer, comtemplatiom. the sense of supernatural.

Joy Schoenberger

This painting reminds me of another Zurburan I recently saw at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. It is a vision of the dead St. Frances standing up in his tomb. I can't remember who the placard next to the painting said had the vision, maybe the Pope at the time. Anyway, without reading it, one would think it was a living friar in the painting, not the body of a Saint.

You can see the painting I'm talking about here

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