I first learned the term chiaroscuro in a college Art Appreciation class. My life in the past few days has been very much a chiaroscuro picture, contrasting areas of light and darkness, and the image I’ve been carrying in my head is my favorite Christmas painting, done by a master of chiaroscuro, Georges de La Tour (1593-1652).
|The Adoration of the Shepherds - Georges de La Tour|
|Saint Joseph the Carpenter, La Tour|
So, this Christmas I’ve become more and more conscious of how much light radiates from our little monastery in the middle of downtown Newark.
May your Christmas be filled with the light of the Newborn Savior, and may you pass that light on to many others!
|Palestinian children in Bethlehem lighting up the darkness|