Erica Tighe has outdone herself (which she seems to do pretty regularly) with this journal. It's beautifully designed with smart typography selections, flowing hand lettering, and illustration throughout.
One of the things I love about Erica's philosophy is that beauty makes everything more profound, from prayer to planning your grocery shopping. Nothing has to be accepted as a mundane task which beauty need not grace. That philosophy is so much a part of everything she designs, but I think is especially visible in the journal's layout. From looking over it, it just makes you want to pray. That is what good Christian art can do, draw you into prayer without you even realizing it.
The layout facilitates this beckoning. It's journal has daily scripture, daily reflections, and daily calls-to-action, as well as journaling space to reflect on what you’ve read and prayed.
Great work, people! Keep making the world more beautiful!
At that first Summit, I felt in my heart a spring of water push up out of the dry desert clay and begin making a garden of the wilderness inside me just as those mission trips did so long ago. The thirst in my soul is for the Church to look like family again, and when I look around at the men and women who’ve heard the call in Catholic Creatives and answered it, I don’t just see temporary friends, I see brothers and sisters.
I want to share this story because I believe in my depths that if we keep the community safe behind our computer screens, then we will never live to see a New Renaissance.
We’re not sure how or when it happens, exactly. Is it when two creatives sit next to each other and laugh at the same joke from a Summit speaker? Does it start as mutual admiration on a Show-Off Tuesday post? Is it even smaller, like a podcast downloaded, a product purchased, a video watched? Whenever it happens and however it develops, we know one thing for sure: Catholic Creatives is a hub for connection.
I worked in ministry, but couldn’t coax myself to join any Catholic young adult communities. I didn’t want to have to hide the fact that I did yoga in the mornings or listened to NPR. Deep down, I honestly had lost my dream for the utopic Catholic community I saw at that Steubenville conference. I kept my distance, instead making friends in the Dallas start-up circles. That is, until I found Edmund Mitchell’s Facebook profile.
Recognizing the decrease of traditional media among college students, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has boosted its social media, becoming a presence of Truth, Beauty and Goodness in our culture to further develop its mission and promote SEEK2019.
The call came when I was sitting in the Newark Airport, waiting to board a plane for Reykjavik.