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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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The Artist
published 9 March 2012 by Fr. David Friel

Not all people consider themselves artists, nor do all perceive themselves as students of the sacred liturgy. To some extent, however, I believe we are all (at least tacitly) both.

As a self-professed artist and student of the liturgy, I was captivated by one of the intercessions the Church prayed in Vespers this past Tuesday (of the Second Week of Lent). We prayed: “Inspire all teachers and artists to prepare mankind for Your Kingdom.”

What a mission statement! I have thought about the vocation of artists in many ways, but I was struck by this particular expression of the artist’s redemptive role. The arts are, after all, meant to lead us to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. They are meant, indeed, to lead us to salvation.

I imagine that most visitors to this website and blog consider themselves artists. Have you ever meditated on your role in preparing mankind for the Kingdom of Heaven?