Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Gem Reflects Light

There came a time on the earth when people no longer pointed upward to things of God but, rather, pointed at themselves and even downward at things less than themselves. That time is now. Art, film, books have become some of the greatest purveyors of this distorted way of thinking. What artists and writers  fail to understand is that their work is often a reflection of the state of their souls. Reading a book tells one a lot about the author, just as gazing at a painting tells us much about the artist who created it. Even fictional works contain a hidden autobiography which speaks volumes about the author.

It's always nice to find a gem hidden in the midst of dirt and stones. Today's Catholic Treasure is Time for Reflections . Victor Moubarak's short stories are food for the soul and nourishment for the spirit. The author uses his stories and the character of Father Ignatius (Whom I jokingly call St. Ig ... because he'd surely be beatified if he existed!) to draw our attention away from ourselves and the problems we are facing in this day and, instead, gently turns the focus towards God. This is where our focus should be. Victor has a gift for pointing out the truths of our Catholic faith and the great truths of life with wit and wisdom. May God continue to inspire him!

"A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."           Luke 6:45

17 comments:

  1. Mary,
    I couldn't agree more. I always look forward to Fr. Ignatius' words of wisdom.
    Thanks Victor!

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  2. Karin,
    I get discouraged buying books today and reading fiction these days. I walk out of the bookstore empty-handed most of the time (or with older books). It's frustrating because I love to read.
    Yes...thanks Victor :)

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  3. I know the feeling Mary- that's why I love the Catholic blogosphere!

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  4. Oh Mary ... what a kind thing to say. My Blog? A gem? You make me very embarrassed, yet very grateful for your kindness and support.

    You, and others like Karinann and other readers have always encouraged and supported my writings and I'm truly humbled and grateful for all your kindnesses.

    Just now, before coming here to your Blog, I posted a short interview piece about myself on my Blog. It's only fair that my readers know a little bit of who I am ... Then I visited you and by coincidence found that you wrote about my Blog too.

    Thanx Mary. God bless you and yours always.

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  5. God bless you, too, Victor. Thanks for posting the interview, I enjoyed reading it :)

    Coincidence? We might not have known what the other was writing about but God surely did ;)

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  6. I completely agree with you Mary, Victor is a good and Godly man, we are blessed to have met him here in blog land......:-) Hugs

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  7. I agree . . . so hard to find good writers these days. I have been reading a ton of Catholic stuff when not reading the old standby Classics.

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  8. Thanks for writing about these Catholic Treasures Mary! Victor certainly is a gem!

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  9. Thanks for another great blog spot to read . . . I'm adding the book to my wish list!

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  10. Mary,

    There's a small basket of flowers on my Blog just for you.

    God bless.

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  11. I, too agree! I anticipate his next post and am never disappointed. Lessons are often learned by his contribution to this cyber-world. Thank you!!! Well done!!! Cathy

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  12. Mary, thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  13. Glad you mentioned Victor's entertaining blog. There is truly a dearth of good, morally uplifting fiction, but you can find some delightful stuff at the library. Alexander McCall Smith's series, the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency that takes place in Botswana had me chasing after every new book in the series. Fun and culturally enriching, something you don't find much of these days.

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  14. Sorry it took me so long to get your comments up, everyone. My computer was down again. I really need a new one but am too cheap to buy one right now :)

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  15. What a nice blog that you have. Thank you for sharing.

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