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The Ritzos Code

From my friend Gerard's weblog:


I read the novel myself. Of course, it's fiction. But one could not help but wonder about the possibilities implied by the author, especially in view of the vastly powerful institution involved.

BTW, Gerard is teaching Socio-Eco-Ethics at the Ateneo High School (where we were classmates for four years way back in the mid-90's).

a typical day at school:

"sir, have you read dan brown's 'the da vinci code'?"


"what do you think, sir? is it true?"

(i'm borrowing this line from a bishop asked the same question.)
"where in a bookstore do you find the book?"


"where in the bookstore?"

"fiction, sir."

while the book does make one think, it is still a literary fictional work, masterpiece or otherwise.

this icon, however, is not. it was made by andreas ritzos, a 15th century cretian, to put on canvas the religious truth that is the assumption of mary.

the reflection takes off from the icon, which the author, ms. kimball, so graciously disects into smaller portions that have their own significance. it's interesting to note that even with this article, there still exist images that aren't accounted for. (who is the boy beside the virgin mary as she is assumed into heaven? why is one woman weeping amongst angels?)

i suggest that every catholic read the full text: a reflection on the feast of the assumption, if only to gain insight into the rich tradition that is part of our faith.

advanced happy feast!

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