Inspiration for Your Day

The Weekend Edition

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Note from the Editor:
I met today's artist in Anaheim at a Religious Congress.
We were seated next to each other and she needed some
paper to take notes. Her joyous spirit captivated me.
That joy is reflected in her artwork.

"Pumpkins" by Sr. JoAnne Hoa-Hue Nguyen, OP
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My Art is no art
Without my mind's simplicity.

My Art does not want
To subscribe to the view
That unhappiness
Commands the world.

When I paint or draw,
I keep my mind's thought-garden
Completely free of self-doubt-weeds.

My Art is the hide-and-seek
Between my soul's illuminating smiles
And my heart's streaming tears.

The Artist in me has three
Faithful, sleepless friends:
A newness-eye, a oneness-heart
And a fullness-life.

The heart of my Art
And the heart of a child
Are extremely fond of each other.
They love each other deeply;
They need each other constantly;
They are interdependent, sleeplessly.

My mind says that anything I do
Is too insignificant
Because the God-Touch
Is always there.
Needless to say,
This includes my Artwork.

The moment I start painting,
I clearly see my soul-meditation
Is blessingfully clasping
My heart-aspiration-flames.

First things first:
The Artist in me,

Before embarking on his Artwork,
Invariably catches
His heart's aspiration-express.

True, in my Art I want to see
The face of earth's beauty.
But I want to see
The heart of Heaven's Divinity
More, infinitely more.

Sri Chimnoy (1931- )
Bengali spiritual teacher, poet, artist, musician
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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose
ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and popular author

"Beyond" by Sr. JoAnne Hoa-Hue Nguyen, OP
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The most beautiful thing we can
experience is the mysterious. It is the
source of all true art and science.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born theoretical physicist


To display his eternal attributes in their
inexhaustible variety, the Lord made the
green fields of time and space.

Jami (1414-1492)
Persian mystic;, one of the last great Sufi poets


What is art? It is the response of man's
creative Soul to the call of the Real.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner


There is not a single true work of art
that has not in the end added to the
inner freedom of each person who
has known and loved it.

Albert Camus (1913-1960)
Algerian-French author and philosopher

"Orange and Green Still Life" by Sr. JoAnne Hoa-Hue Nguyen, OP
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Praise to the Lord
for His Creation

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

You who laid the foundations of the the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.

He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
The give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
He waters the hills from His upper chamber;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.

Psalm 104: 1, 5-6, 10-13, 31
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


I feel there is nothing more
truly artistic than to love people.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)
Master Post-Impressionist Dutch painter


Today's artist:

JoAnne Hoa-Hue Nguyen

A brief autobiography:
"Picture in your mind an image of a little girl. Her first art lessons
were through a friend holding her hand to draw portraits at break
times while she was in grade school. She did not know that she
possessed some artistic talent until almost 20 years later. That person
is JoAnne Hoa-Hue Nguyen. She was born in Vietnam but grew up
in the United States. She has been a Dominican Sister for 12 years. 
She loves her prayerful profession.  At present, she is working toward
a double major in Theology and Studio Arts at the University of
St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.  For her to be able to practice arts,
reconstitute the world according to her own image, is her joy. "


And now the Last Word:

Human art declares, "Nothing succeeds like success."
Divine art affirms, "Nothing proceeds like progress."
Supreme art whispers, "Nothing satisfies like service,
divine service, soulful service."

Sri Chimnoy (1931-  )
Bengali-born spiritual teacher, poet, musician, artist, athlete





























































Bonus Quote:
Life doesn't imitate art,
it imitates bad television.
-Woody Allen

(Sorry, but it made me laugh! -Lisa)