There Were Many Widows in Israel & An Interesting Painter

This was just interesting to me and the header picture is phenomenal if you click on the link below – View original. The picture is apparently the forerunners of Christ with saints and martyrs suspected to be painted by Fra Angelico.

Come to find out that this guy, painted a lot of pics and was known as Fra Angelico but his real title was Fra Giovanni da Fiesole. This nickname meant angelic frair. He was born Guido di Pietro.

I love this said about him in Wikipedia:

In 1455 Fra Angelico died while staying at a Dominican convent in Rome, perhaps in order to work on Pope Nicholas’ chapel. He was buried in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

When singing my praise, don’t liken my talents to those of Apelles.
Say, rather, that, in the name of Christ, I gave all I had to the poor.

The deeds that count on Earth are not the ones that count in Heaven.

I, Giovanni, am the flower of Tuscany.

—Translation of epitaph

For the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, the English writer and critic William Michael Rossetti wrote of the friar:

From various accounts of Fra Angelico’s life, it is possible to gain some sense of why he was deserving of canonization. He led the devout and ascetic life of a Dominican friar, and never rose above that rank; he followed the dictates of the order in caring for the poor; he was always good-humored. All of his many paintings were of divine subjects, and it seems that he never altered or retouched them, perhaps from a religious conviction that, because his paintings were divinely inspired, they should retain their original form. He was wont to say that he who illustrates the acts of Christ should be with Christ. It is averred that he never handled a brush without fervent prayer and he wept when he painted a Crucifixion. The Last Judgment and the Annunciation were two of the subjects he most frequently treated.

Pope John Paul II beatified Fra Angelico on October 3, 1982, and in 1984 declared him patron of Catholic artists

Angelico was reported to say “He who does Christ’s work must stay with Christ always”. This motto earned him the epithet “Blessed Angelico”, because of the perfect integrity of his life and the almost divine beauty of the images he painted, to a superlative extent those of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mitchell Lewis

Jesus healed many people during his earthly mission. In fact, his healing words and deeds never failed. He did not, however, heal all the sick or demon possessed in Galilee. He left towns while people were still looking for him. When the people of Nazareth demanded that Jesus do for them what hid for Capernaum he said, “I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed–only Naaman the Syrian.” (Luke 4:25-27) His reply made people angry. I suspect that not very many people today…

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