Fireside 2.1 ( The Beauty Ever New Podcast Blog Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:00:00 -0500 The Beauty Ever New Podcast Blog en-us 17: Designing Devotional Goods - Show Notes Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:00:00 -0500 ede96052-13ba-4223-bb28-9ce7fa698e2f Check out the work of the incredibly talented Tricia Dougat at

Tricia Dugat is an incredibly talented designer that deserves your patronage. Her unique style mixes a fresh contemporary look with the timeless tradition of the church. You can find out more and find her online store at:

Get something for your family, a friend, a godson or daughter or even something for yourself. Fill your home with beautiful uplifting images that feed the soul.

Top Left: Our Lady of Walsingham Print - commissioned to commerate the elevation of the parish to Cathedral status. Top Right: Fiat Print - Made lovingly by Tricia in one evening! Bottom Left: Our lady of Guadalupe Candle - Made in Texas by Tricia and family, glass is from Egypt :) Bottom Right: St. Augustine quote Print - Beautiful print with our name sake.

9: Restoring the Sacred - Show Notes Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:00 -0500 b0097542-2e02-460b-9f15-aeeee84c249d Michael Raia is a church architect and founder of Studio io Michael's show notes:

What is liturgy? A more complete explanation in addition to "the public / ritual worship of the Church is that liturgy" that I circled back to later in part, is: 1) Our participation in the saving work of God; 2) Our participation in the mystical Body of Christ with Jesus as head which is crucified in sacrifice to the Father and thereafter raised and glorified; 3) Our being joined to the love song and divine life of the Trinity in anticipation of the wedding feast of the Lamb; 4) An earthly foretaste of the new heavenly Jerusalem where God is all in all.

Built of Living Stones, 2000 is the approved USCCB document on Sacred Art & Architecture that replaced a problematic 1978 statement titled Environment and Art in Catholic Worship produced by the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy (BCL):

On sacred geometry in church design, I meant to say: Dome / hemisphere on CUBE symbolizing heaven meeting earth. Not sure if this is clear enough after I initially mistakenly said "dome on sphere". Scriptural reference for the cube being the new heavenly Jerusalem is Revelation Ch 21, and this is expressed very commonly throughout the first millennium in the Byzantine tradition of the Church, sometimes in contrast to, other times in combination with, the traditional basilican form.

Spirit of the Liturgy, Romano Guardini introduces the idea of liturgy as 'play' for heaven - the book which Benedict draws heavily from in his own work by the same name.

Regarding Modern Architecture / Modernism – some would argue the language and assert the term "modernism" as an inherent rejection of tradition, whereas "modern traditionalism" might be closer to the point of embracing tradition in our modern time. Either way, the question of how to authentically deal with the tradition of the Church's rich patrimony of sacred arts in our time is one that the Church urges; we cannot respect what the Church asks by merely reproducing traditional elements in a static way, nor can total innovation ever find the necessary continuity with the living tradition that is demanded.

Shawn Tribe's work on "The Other Modern":

My website is and my blog (also linked through my company website) is

Check out Denis Mcnamaras book Catholic Architecture and the spirit of the liturgy along with his 10-part Youtube series on Catholic Church Architecture: watch it here

thanks for listening!

7: The Call of the Artist - Show Notes Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:00:00 -0500 43d9426c-16e7-4ddf-9353-e07c80e4f200 6: Homemade Zombies - Show Notes Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:00:00 -0500 7207c461-0505-414c-bc94-6903dae488a6 How often do you notice the building you work in or live in? How does it shape or change your behavior? The truth is that architecture forms us in it's own silent but powerful way. Our guest is Ryan Trussel, an artist, a writer, an amateur theologian, husband, and father who knows first hand the importance of authentic and beautiful architecture.

Images above :
Ryan's ceramic work, Ryan's childhood home entrance and architectural drawings, Ora Et Labora Et Zombies, and Boston Ave. Methodist Church, Ryan's church growing up.

01:22 Introduction
02:40 On being a Catholic (fill in type of artists here).
03:35 Crucifixes on ice-cream bowls
06:55 Intro to Ora Et Labora Et Zombies - Zombie Love letters !!!
22:00 Why pottery?
27:00 On the translation from drawing to building in architecture
29:30 On growing up in a beautiful house designed by an architect and the impact that had on Ryan’s childhood.
40:00 An architectural love letter
45:00 Architecture and Memory
48:50 Find Ryan @paterfamilias on twitter

4: Architecture is Sick -Show Notes Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0600 d2a64ede-43f1-4104-bcf3-2573b6d01e58 Architecture changes radically at the beginning of the 20th century, in large part due to a movement inspired by the industrial revolution. This way of thinking changed how we designed buildings forever, making it acceptable to make utility the chief ordering principle in architecture.

  1. Church architecture underwent rapid change starting in the 50's but accelarating to dizzying speeds in the 60's and 70's.
  2. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, a.k.a. Le Corbusier, was one of the founding fathers of modern architecture along with Mies Van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.
  3. St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston built in 1978. Designed by Charles Tapley, FAIA.
  4. A machine for living in. The Villa Savoye was an examplary case study that incorporated all five points of architecture as outlined by Le Corbusier. Here a detail of the internal stair, echoes an ocean liner.
  5. The Seagram building in New York City by Mies Van der Rohe became the model for corporate high rise architecture for decades to come.

Learn more:
Five Points of architecture illustrated: watch
Towards a New Architecture book by Le Corbusier: get it here
Notre Dame du Haut Chapel by Le Corbusier: see it here

Extraordinary Form High Mass at the Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas. Houston, TX. Friday 2-22 @ 10:30 am
Come see the most sublime juxtaposition of new and old!

3: The Power of Music - Show Notes Fri, 01 Feb 2019 09:00:00 -0600 6706c047-13f3-4bdf-89ad-ce23d863a13b Music is a transformative force. It speaks to us on such a deep level, that at times can shake us to the core. It can help define our identity, our memory and how we see the world. Join us as we talk with Samuel Sentmanat about the power of music.

  1. Polyphony flourished in the musical culture of the Renaissance.
  2. Pythagoras was the first to describe the nature of sound and our relationship to it.
  3. Holy Rosary Parish where Samuel performs.
  4. Example of sheet music composed in the middle ages.
  5. Gregorian chant and polyphony were best expressed as they reverberated in the awesome volume of the great cathedrals of Europe.


[00:02:07] Introductions
[00:02:30] Samuels on his work
[00:05:16] How did music change from antiquity to the Middle Ages?
[00:05:50] Dr. Kenneth Clark - Civilization - more
[00:08:04] Pythagoras - sound exists in proportion - more
[00:11:28] How did music change pre and post polyphony?
[00:13:20] The miracle of christianity
[00:16:00] How did the incarnation change music?
[00:17:27] Christopher west quote
[00:18:56] Who is the Michael jordan of music?
[00:22:13] Samuel's favorite band
[00:23:29] On Music and memory
[00:30:10] Chant inspired everything
[00:36:14] Architecture, music and memory in liturgy
[00:40:23] Mosquito truck
[00:42:02] Anamnesis - more
[00:46:00] Music and identity
[00:47:45] Contact for samuel

Lord Kenneth Clark Civilization series - get it here
Example of polyphonic signing - listen
Another example of polyphonic singing - listen
George Orwell on Chartres Cathedral - It's just cool - watch
Samuel's program - find it here

2: What Happened in Kansas? - Show Notes Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:00 -0600 45fe9b90-2f11-4422-8bbf-3b02ff5427ff

  1. Illustration of the Allegory of Plato's Cave.
  2. Picture of John Senior in the field.
  3. KU Logo for the IHP.
  4. The IHP Brochure, 1974. Calligraphy by Eva Williams
  5. Star gazing was an integral part of education for students of the IHP.

The wonderful biography of John Senior written by one of his students:

A great article in Faith & Culture about the legacy of John Senior:

The abbey that was founded by students of the IHP:

Thanks for Listening!

An Introduction - Show Notes Sat, 22 Dec 2018 13:00:00 -0600 996a65be-ef3e-4a4c-b79a-cee0569d4e5c All podcasts have to begin somewhere. Tune in to get to know us, find out why we started the podcast and what our hopes are for Catholic Art and Architecture. In this first episode of the Beauty Ever New Podcast we introduce our hosts, Rafael and Chris, outline the hopes and aspirations of the podcast and chart a path for what we hope will be a great conversation. Please find below an outline of the show with relevant references and links:

[0:00] Paul Claudel
Book Reference from Paul Claudel: The Man and the Mystic by Louis Chaigne
Who was Paul Claudel?

[4:06] Intellectual Foundations of the podcast
What we are about

[4:36] The spirituality of the artist
Letter Reference from Letter of his Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists
Reference quote below:

"There is therefore an ethic, even a “spirituality” of artistic service, which contributes in its way to the life and renewal of a people."

Letter to Artists (BEN Recommended)

[12:15] The saving of Notre Dame
Book Reference of Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo
Image below: Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris

[17:00] Benedict XVI Theology and the Future of Architecture
Book Reference from Last Testament by Benedit XVI with Peter Seewald

Last Testament (BEN Recommended)

[26:38] Steve Jobs and music
Book Reference from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Reference quote below:

"There was one classic musician Jobs revered both as a person and a performer: Yo-Yo Ma, the versatile virtuoso who is as sweet and profound as the tones he creates on his cello. They had met in 1981, when Jobs was at the Aspen Design Conference and Ma was at the Aspen Music Festival. Jobs tended to be deeply moved by artists who displayed purity, and he became a fan. He invited Ma to play at his wedding, but he was out of the country on tour. He came by the Jobs house a few years later, sat in the living room, pulled out his 1733 Stradivarius cello, and played Bach. "This is what I would have played for your wedding," he told them. Jobs teared up and told him, "You playing is the best argument I've ever heard for the existence of God, because I don't really believe a human alone can do this." On a subsequent visit Ma allowed Jobs's daughter Erin to hold the cello while they sat around the kitchen. By that time Jobs had been struck by cancer, and he made Ma promise to play at his funeral."

Steve Jobs (BEN Recommended book)

[33:14] John Senior andthe Poetic Mode of Knowledge
Book Reference from John Senior and the Restoration of Realism by Father Francis OSB

John Senior and the Restoration of Realism (BEN Recommended book)

[37:10] Happy are you Poor
Happy are you Poor

Thanks again for listening!