Combining art and catechesis was really first introduced to me back in 1993 when I was confronted by its beauty and power while wandering through the monastery of San Marco (now a museum) in Florence, Italy. Blessed Fra Angelico had decorated its walls with frescos of beautiful and contemplative images from the lives of Jesus and Mary as well as St Dominic. (More on my experiences there and its impact on my work in future posts.)
Consequently, over the years I have taught about the role of art in catechesis countless times. Most recently I wrote an article introducing this topic for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s newsletter.
Let me know what you think and do share your own reflections on favorite images that you have been able to pray with and/or teach the Faith from.