Making Senses

In memory of Oscar Romero (1917–1980)

A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

— Heard and prayed at CCDA 2013 in New Orleans

Wow! Another milestone for art & social practice | participatory art:
artnet:

Golden Lion For Sehgal
Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal has won the Golden Lion for best artist at this year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious Contemporary Art event.
The art world equivalent of an Oscar, Sehgal received the award for his performance piece in which a few people hum and beatbox while moving on the floor. The jury praised Sehgal “for the excellence and innovation that his practice has brought opening the field of artistic disciplines.”
Discover more of his work at Marian Goodman Gallery. 

Wow! Another milestone for art & social practice | participatory art:

artnet:

Golden Lion For Sehgal

Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal has won the Golden Lion for best artist at this year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious Contemporary Art event.

The art world equivalent of an Oscar, Sehgal received the award for his performance piece in which a few people hum and beatbox while moving on the floor. The jury praised Sehgal “for the excellence and innovation that his practice has brought opening the field of artistic disciplines.”

Discover more of his work at Marian Goodman Gallery

Alain de Botton speaks on Love and draws a fascinating comparison.

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.

—Brian Eno (via jessiethatcher)

(via mosteverybody)

"Terrence Malick and the Art of the Voice-Over"

from the stores of insight available at Criterion Collection

"Life is a series of clichés but when they are happening to you they feel original.  I’m okay with that. There’s a great lyric in an older Josh Ritter song where he’s talking about moving to California in search of a career and he says, “Please don’t say its been done a hundred thousand times… because this one is mine.” That particular lyric has stuck with me — Life as the original cliché."
- Denison Witmer from a recent American Songwriter interview
Check out the song referenced in the interview: 
"Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister"

"Life is a series of clichés but when they are happening to you they feel original.  I’m okay with that. There’s a great lyric in an older Josh Ritter song where he’s talking about moving to California in search of a career and he says, “Please don’t say its been done a hundred thousand times… because this one is mine.” That particular lyric has stuck with me — Life as the original cliché."

- Denison Witmer from a recent American Songwriter interview

Check out the song referenced in the interview:

"Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister"

newsweek:

A Brooklyn Heights playground was renamed to Adam Yauch Park today, in honor of the dearly departed Beastie Boy. [via]

newsweek:

A Brooklyn Heights playground was renamed to Adam Yauch Park today, in honor of the dearly departed Beastie Boy. [via]

(via pitchfork)