January 2019 edition of Faith Journey.  
Welcome to our next edition of Faith Journey.

IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS, PEACE

Since last we corresponded a significant little figure who added her own beautiful take on how to understand the wonder of human creativity has died. She was the unexpected television star, winning a following the world over as she made the journey from country to country, gallery to gallery, work of art to work of art, to contemplate the essence of what she saw before her.  

Sister Wendy Beckett was a natural guide and teacher. A nun vowed to the life of prayer and simplicity, she responded to the invitation to share her insights into the world’s great art because, in faith, she believed that was what God was asking of her. She had never seen a television program, much less understood what had to go into making one. Producers were initially perplexed by her as she refused to provide them with a script. She would talk off the cuff about what she saw before her, drawing spontaneously from the many hours of study she had put into her favourite hobby. When asked about this she responded...

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SISTER WENDY’S WISDOM


Sister Wendy Beckett wrote extensively on the topics of art and prayer. In the introduction to her book "Sister Wendy on Prayer", she said that when writing about art, "we are really dealing only with opinions..." but when it came to prayer, "these are not just my personal opinions, these are my convictions about what is deepest in our lives, most integral to being human: our relationship with God."
 
In addition Sister Wendy’s books, we are fortunate to have easy access to an extensive video library of her insights and wisdom on a wide range of topics, always drawing us in to find peace in the midst of chaos:
 

Sister Wendy's Story of Painting: https://youtu.be/QBv0HezlOBw

Interview with Bill Moyers: https://youtu.be/8pJsyXM0uVI

10 Rules for Appreciating Art by Sister Wendy Beckett (RIP): http://www.openculture.com/2018/12/10-rules-for-appreciating-art-by-sister-wendy-beckett.html 

Shane Dywer, Director of the National Centre for Evangelisation
 
Shane Dwyer
Director
National Centre for Evangelisation
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