American ‘action painter’ William Congdon (1912-1998) is one of the greatest, least recognized artist of the 20th century.  His quest for God drove him away from the frenzied art world to discover a euphoric conversion of faith.  By 1951, he left his famed Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City and moved to and from Venice, Paris, India, Algeria and Guatemala.  His paintings reflect majesty, isolation and nostalgia.  Then in 1959 after his baptism in Assisi, his conversion rose to ecstasy as evidenced in this crucifix artwork.  I can grasp the Spirit of God nestled in action in all of his paintings.  Hopefully you can sense that as well.


“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth:  the Blessed Sacrament…There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien


Excerpt from The Sequence Loud, O Zion

“Blood is poured and flesh is broken, yet in either wondrous token Christ entire we know to be.”

“Very bread, good shepherd, tend us.  Jesus of your love befriend us.  You refresh us, you defend us, your eternal goodness send us to the land of life to see.”



To be with Christ in heaven is his Ascension promise.  Like himself, we will be raised up in our glorified bodies.  We will be impassible with no sorrow, suffering or illness.  We will become agile passing through any barriers.  We will have clarity according to our souls’ holiness and our glorified bodies will be free from life’s scars while Christ’s wounds will reveal his triumph in heaven.

  “What we shall be has not yet been revealed…for we shall see him as he is.”  1 John 3:2


Image by Andres Ramos


In 1835 French historian Alexis de Tocqueville wrote “Democracy in America” as a ‘new political science’ he discovered emerging from the American Revolution – our Constitution and The Bill of Rights.  Here is what Alexis de Tocqueville said about democracy:

  • “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word – equality.  But notice the difference:  while democracy seeks equality in liberty – socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
  • “Any measure that establishes legal charity on a permanent basis and gives it an administrative form thereby creates an idle and lazy class, living at the expense of the industrial and working class.”
  • “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
  • “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

 The call for action is clear – Let us return to the  common good for humanity


Alexis de Tocqueville’s wise words on democracy clarifies that hope


O’Keeffe After Whistler Painting by David Bradley 2007


Discovering this painting from David Bradley delights my fancy knowing he has a fond admiration for Georgia O’Keeffe and other iconic painters of our modern era.  David (born 1954) hails from the Anishinaabe White Earth Reservation in Minnesota but resides in Santa Fe New Mexico since 1977, where the Georgia O’Keeffe museum is anchored.  For over 30 years, David has incorporated other famous artists in his paintings such as this one.  Can you identify them?


Pueblo Feast Day 1997

native love david bradley

Native Love

Aside from being  an abstract painter and sculptor, David is recognized for this type of Native American narrative art which combines historical details to today’s ironies.  There is so much to digest in viewing all his caricatures.  He confirmed this when he said:

“They say that artists seek immortality through their artwork.  I guess that we all hope that one day, 100 years from now, our artwork will be deemed relevant and meaningful to the average person.  My favorite quote that I may have coined is “To be an artist is to seek Truth.”


Currently David Bradley also advocates for Native rights

“To be an artist from the Indian world carries with it certain responsibilities.  We have an opportunity to promote Indian truths and at the same time help dispel the myths and stereotypes that are projected upon us.  I consider myself an at-large representative and advocate of the Chippewa people and American Indians in general.  It is a responsibility which I do not take lightly.”

What an awesome collaboration – Georgia O’Keeffe and David Bradley – I say Bravo!