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Spencer. In the Wilderness with a Paintbrush

Christ in the Wilderness. The Eagles      That is why artists, the more conscious they are of their “gift”, are led all the more to see themselves and the whole of creation with eyes able to contemplate and give thanks, and to raise to God a hymn of praise. (From the 1999 Letter of his Holiness Pope John Paul II to artists. )       Sir Stanley Spencer was a British artist who wanted to paint a picture dedicated to every single day Jesus spent in the desert, with the intent to show one on each day of Lent. We would like to honor this controversial and contradictory artist because we think he was animated by a great faith in God.   Sir Stanley Spencer. A controversial painter who loved Jesus. by Liana Marabini (Translated by L. Pavese)        Jesus’ public life is interesting, not only for events of the time, recounted in the Gospels, but also because it concerns His physical presence on Earth. From the Pentecost on, we will instead talk about the spiritual presence of Christ.

After all, it rhymes with arsonists...

            …Peronists, that is.            Peronists in fact, that is, supporters of Argentine President Juan Domingo Perón, in that tragic year 1955, unleashed their rage against the Catholic Church who, in their view, was trying to subvert the government of the country. It was inevitable that the Peronist ideal of an all-encompassing state, through which individuals realize their full potential, came in conflict with the Christian social doctrine, as it had happened in Italy during Benito Mussolini’s rule. But in Argentina that conflict degenerated into a true war which, as terrible as it was, was only a facet of the larger and bloody conflict, known in Spanish as the Revolución Libertadora, that eventually led to the toppling of Perón’s presidency and to his exile.       This interesting post assumes that the readers know more than an average people know about Argentine President Juan Domingo Perón and Argentinian politics and history, and I hope that this first installment will st