“My Masterpiece” – Henri Matisse’s Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary

“My Masterpiece” – Henri Matisse’s Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary

by Paul Anel          June 29, 2012

"This work required of me four years’ exclusive and entire effort and it is the fruit of my whole working life. In spite of all its imperfections I consider it as my masterpiece." Such were the words of Henri Matisse on June 25, 1951, when the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary was inaugurated in the small village of Vence, in Southern France. As the chapel just celebrated its 41st anniversary, Land of Compassion invites you to discover this unique monument, at the crossroads of art and faith.

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Creating Beauty in the Slums of Bangkok

Creating Beauty in the Slums of Bangkok

by Paul Anel          June 22, 2012

Video, 3min20
 
Founded by Henry Trejo and Adam Harbottle, "Beauty Creates Beauty" defines itself as "a community of Artists coming together to use their gifts to help prevent and eradicate child sex trafficking and child prostitution [by teaching] every child to experience beauty in order to liberate them from darkness." Henry, Adam, and Phil Roberts spent six weeks traveling Southeast Asia filming the incredible work of area non-profits, including Heart's Home. "Throughout our time there, we learned that it is important to not only look for big things to do, but to also be aware of the small things we can do with great love. The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love." Their 3min20 video invites us to an encounter… with beauty.
 

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The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

The Profound Gaze of a 12-year Old on a Tragic Event

By Lily Oberman         June 15, 2012
Story, Compassion, Reading Time: 4 mn

A few months ago after Sunday service. As her mother listens to a widow's sad story, trying to comfort her, Lily (12) watches quietly from a distance. Earlier this month, her parents are stunned when they find out that an essay she had submitted won her a scholarship for next year! In that essay, she answers the question: "Have you ever been shown an act of kindness by either someone you know or by a stranger that touched you and seemed to make your day go better?" With startling depth and understanding, Lily tells us what happened, on that Sunday morning…

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Reconsidering Solzhenitsyn (3/3) – The Solzhenitsyn Archives. A Treasure Revealed.

Reconsidering Solzhenitsyn (3/3) – The Solzhenitsyn Archives. A Treasure Revealed.

by Paul Anel          June 8, 2012

Literature. Reading time: 2min.

 

On Tuesday, June 5, as part of the Javitz center annual "b.e.a." book fair, Natalia Solzhenitsyn was invited to present the archives of her deceased husband, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). This thorough presentation of Solzhenitsyn's yet-to-be published writings made quite a strong impression on the audience. Here is why . . .
 

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“Father Pierre” – The Death of a Saint.

“Father Pierre” – The Death of a Saint.

by Pierre-Marie Tiberghien          June 7, 2012

Spirituality, India. Reading time: 5 min.

 

Father Pierre Ceyrac, has been devoted to India for more than 60 years on behalf of children and of the excluded of Indian society. By fighting "not for the human rights but for the right to be human", Pierre Ceyrac contributed to the evolution of Indian society. "Father Pierre," as tens of thousands of children learned to call him, died on Wednesday, May 30, at the age of 98. After 50 years in India and 12 in Cambodia, he will be remembered above all as a man of compassion.

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VeroDalla, the Artist of the Inner Awakening

VeroDalla, the Artist of the Inner Awakening

by Severine Dubois          June 1st, 2012

Sculpture, Exhibition, New York. Reading time: 4 min

"Wake up!" That is what VeroDalla wishes to tell us.  She is a 41-year-old French artist, who recently moved to New York. "Wake up!" which means: awaken the human that lies dormant in you! Each one of her works provokes this movement. Through her exhibition Mouvement . . . intérieur, sponsored by the United Nations from June 9th to June 10th , VeroDalla unveils the integrity of her work and invites us "to enter my world which is in reality… also yours.”

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