instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Reginald the Tiger Quoll says:

"Who does the things of Christ, should always be with Christ."

So taught Bl. Giovanni da Fiesole, O.P., my chosen namesake in the Order, whose feast is observed today in the Dominican Calendar.

Bl. Giovanni is better known to students of art as Fra Angelico, although the Italians were wise enough to call him Beato Angelico for centuries before Pope John Paul II, by papal prerogative, officially conceded him the liturgical honors of a beatus in 1983.

From what we know, Fra Giovanni's life, by the standards of those raised to the altars, was unremarkable. His paintings are anything but.