November 6, 2013

"Twice today I have been very moved to come across gloriously beautiful — dare I say transcendent — images..."

"... where the poignancy of the moment was movingly emphasized by the small unconscious movement of a single hand."

13 comments:

rhhardin said...

Derrida Memoirs of the Blind reads hands in art.

pm317 said...

I am an atheist and in no mood to rush to any religion but I love this pope. Every story I read of him makes me cry. What glorious thing to be like him!

Illuninati said...

So far the new pope appears to be a genuinely Godly man. Well done Catholic church.

El Pollo Raylan said...

The photo resonates with the original story of "St. Francis and the Leper:" link

m stone said...

Yesterday's clanging video of the lesbian proclaiming her love to her future bride/husband pales in comparison to this still.

traditionalguy said...

The image of Christ reigns in a man surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Deep calls to deep.

Smilin' Jack said...

Neurofibromatosis declares the glory of God.

JoyD said...

Thank you for this post, Althouse. This is why I read your blog. ....this, after the post about the Virginia election, with the contemptible comments, so much twisted, choking scorn, just a fundamental lack of human decency and respect on both sides... Well, thank you, this lifted me back up. This is how I choose to be in the world. Now I will head off for my school day with a caring heart.

Larry J said...

It's hard to imagine how difficult a life some people lead. About 15 years ago, I shared Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house. He'd also invited a Filipino man named Francis who was similar to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. Most likely, he had neurofibromatosis or perhaps Proteus syndrome. He was a quiet but nice man who'd led a very hard life. I never saw him again and don't know what became of him.

Mary said...

The picture is lovely and very moving, yes. I am a devout Catholic and I find it fascinating that so many are acting as if Francis is doing things that 1) no pope has done before him and 2) that no person has done before him. This is one picture. What about all the parents and families that care for loved ones for years and years, with devotion and self-sacrifice? What about all the doctors and nurses and other caregivers? Yes, they get paid to care for patients, but many of them go the extra mile and love their patients. Those people impress me because they show this love for years, not just a picture here and there. And they get no attention for it, no special recognition or accolades.

TML said...

No way to get through that without being broken.

Deb said...

Thank you for this. From time to time my faith in humanity is restored.

Paco Wové said...

"I find it fascinating that so many are acting as if Francis is doing things that 1) no pope has done before him"

Yes, it is hard to miss, listening to NPR, how much they are rooting for this pope. I don't recall ever noticing that before.