Yes, actually! Very, very much! My husband and I are currently doing a fantastic Bible timeline by Jeff Cavins-- it's a DVD with booklet course that is phenomenal! He was a protestant pastor, then a Messianic Jew, and finally a Catholic theologian! Brilliant man and brilliant course!
I am a Third Order Dominican in the western Province U.S., We study theology and learn about the times of our Founder Saint Dominic de Guzman 1170 to 1221. But also study the works of all the Saint and blessed of the Order, St. Thomas Aquinas, Saint Cathrine of Sienna, Albert the great and son on. We are faithful to the Holy Catholic Church.
I have found DA very disappointing with all it's widespread attacks on the church. I love your work, and I'm grateful to have come across it. God Bless
Hi Dbeers. Nice to meet a lay Dominican. My own spiritual director is a Dominican priest and I love the order for its emphasis on teaching and theology.
I have been mocked a few times for the faith here on DA but thankfully its not a regular occurrence. DA is such a popular site for artists of all shades and colors that its hard not to have this many people who are hostile against mother church.
I'm glad to hear from you though. Thank you and God bless.
I am interested in Ancient Christianity. Me myself is a catechumen of Orthodox Christianity (Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia). About Theology, since I was a Reformed, and now learning about the Neptic (Patristic) Theology because of my curiosity, I loved it.
First off, let me say I find your artworks very attractive; I very much enjoy the way you can handle both history and fantasy, and even both together. In terms of mediæval history, there is so much of it, in so many places and of such widely varying character that it would be hard not to find some aspect of it that would not be attractive. The glories of the 12th and 13th centuries are well known; but I believe that there are aspects of the much-maligned 14th and 15th, as in Scotland, Poland, Bohemia, and the „Ordensstaat‟ of the Teutonic Knights, that are splendid signs of a highly sophisticated European civilization, showing the unity of the Roman Catholic faith underlying its national variations. I notice one author missing from your list of favorites whom I feel emboldened to recommend. If you have not read the works of Dorothy L. Sayers, I can strongly recommend them—particularly her “The Mind of the Maker” and her papers on Dante. Sayers was a friend and fellow lay apologist of both Lewis and Chesterton, and indeed succeeded the latter (at one remove) as President of the Detection Club. In fine, let me praise and thank you for your art and your even more inspiring faith. All the best to you and those whom you love. I will take pleasure in saying a rosary for you in this Holy Week.
Thank for your kind words and prayers, Versipelles. I'm glad that you find my work inspiring and I'll try to look up Dorothy L.Sayers if I ever I come to it. You and your family are in prayers as well. Have a Blessed Holy Week
As I said, WraithDT, it is my pleasure, as it has been my pleasure to see your brilliant art. Thanks, by the way, for the watch—though, golly! I don’t know how I shall dare to post any of my silly, half-backed doodles now, for fear of humiliating myself and boring you. I can’t even put on an apron of fig leaves!
I do hope you have a chance to read some of Sayers’ works (and as good as her mystery stories were, I like her literary/theological observations even more). Just to give you a taste, here is a paragraph or two from her 1940 essay, “What Do We Believe?” (collected in Unpopular Opinions (1946)):
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things. That is the thundering assertion with which we start: that the great fundamental quality that makes God, and us with Him, what we are is creative activity. After this, we can scarcely pretend that there I anything negative, static, or sedative about the Christian religion. ‘In the beginning God created’; from everlasting to everlasting, He is God the Father and Maker. And, by implication, man is most god-like and most himself when he is occupied in creation. And by this statement we assert further that the will and power to make is an absolute value, the ultimate good-in-itself, self-justified, and self-explanatory.
“How far can we check this assertion as it concerns ourselves? The men who create with their minds and those who create (not merely labour) with their hands will, I think, agree that their periods of creative activity are those in which they feel right with themselves and the world. And those who bring life into the world will tell you the same thing. There is a psychological theory that artistic creation is merely a ‘compensation’ for the frustration of sexual creativeness; but it is more probable that the making of life is only one manifestation of the universal urge to create. Our worst trouble to-day is our feeble hold on creation. To sit down and let ourselves be spoon-fed with the ready-made is to lose grip on our only true life and our only real selves.”
I spend a good amount of time in studies. I have been comparing quite a bit of history with the Book of Daniel, especially chapter 11. And if you read that along with Revelations, quite a bit is shown. It's most important to pray before studies in this matter, and ask God to show and ravel his wonderful truth to you. I am not a Catholic myself, no I am a Non-denominational Christian, who only goes by the scriptures on matters. Funny that seeing a picture of yours on facebook today brought me here, and you would ask this question. God bless you.
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