5 Silences: Music and Art



“In the Desert with Fr. Bill: Encountering Faith and Art with Fr. Bill McNichols,” wonderful, whimsical piece on iconographer William Hart McNichols by Carolyn J. Martone.





Artists of Taos Pueblo: Dean Little Lake Johnson





Artist Georgia O’Keefe, Abiqui, NM



Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
Paul Strand, 1932










Filmmaker Godfried Reggio

“Koyaanisqatsi” (1982) / trailer (2:17) / feature length (1:25)




“The Man Who Planted Trees,” dir. Frederic Back (CBC-Radio Canada, 1987). Based on the classic tale by French poet Jean Giono, which tells the story of Elzear Bouffier, a solitary shepherd who, though he has “lost the habit of speech,” transforms a barren, war-ravaged landscape into a lush forest and verdant valley by his patient responsiveness to and care for the earth. A quietly prophetic visual parable of our elemental relationship with, attunement to, and responsibility for the Earth. 





The real-life story of Jadev Payeng, a man who has dedicated his life to planting trees.



Wangari Maathai (1940-2011), Kenyan environmentalist and peace activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2004, “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.”

“Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” dir. Lisa Merton and Alan Dater (2008)




Jesuit Fr. John Dear on the moral and spiritual implications of “the Obama administration’s criminal commitment to drones and their subtle effect on all our lives.”




“Sacred Silence: Lessons from the High Desert Plains,” Christopher Pramuk, America magazine

Christ in the Desert Monastery, Abiqui, New Mexico. Photo by author.


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