It Draws Me


In It Draws Me: The Art of Contemplation, Mary M. McDonald invites her readers to study art with a contemplative eye. The contemplative reads for wisdom and insight as well as knowledge.

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In It Draws Me: The Art of Contemplation, Mary M. McDonald invites her readers to study art with a contemplative eye. The contemplative reads for wisdom and insight as well as knowledge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764821790
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 525,250

Meet the Author

Mary M. McDonald, PhD has her doctorate from Purdue University in Rhetoric and Composition. Since 1999, she has served as the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum Program and The Writing Center at Cleveland State University in Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xi

Exploring These Traditions xiv

The Heritage of Lectio Divina xvi

The Heritage of Icons xvii

The Heritage of Song Dynasty Landscape Paintings xviii

How to Use This Book xix

Let's Practice xx

Section I The Lectio-Inspired Prose of Thomas Merton 1

Ancient Monastic Reading 6

Reading for Change and Insight 8

Merton's Unpublished Lecture Notes on Lectio Divina 9

The Loss of the Interactive Reading for Wisdom 13

Section II Icons as Writing the Word 21

The Doctrine of the Incarnation "implicit in every line" 25

"Full of spirit and vitality and earnestness and power" 26

"Its solemnity was made all the more astounding by its simplicity." 28

"Christ Himself, present in those churches" 32

"True knowledge of Him, in some sense truer than I knew and truer than I could admit." 33

The Silent Artist 34

"The obscurity of the place where it lay hid, and its subservience to higher ends" 35

Section III A World in a Drop of Ink 37

Landscape as Sacred 40

Academies as Nurturing the Contemplative Life 42

Brushwork as Revealing the Essence of Things 46

The Artist as a Contemplative 49

Section IV What Monastic Contemplative Artists Want to Give Us 51

Conclusion 61

Further Reading on Contemplative Spirituality 65

Bibliography 67

Endnotes 71

Sources and Acknowledgments 76

Representative artwork A1-A32

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