Pray for Artists
The mission of Stabat Mater Prayer Apostolate (SMPA) is to pray for and with artists—and those who appreciate the arts—so as to advance the Culture of Life. Our vision is of a culture that reveres beauty both as God's gift to humanity as well as a prayerful response to Him for His love for us—a culture that appreciates the presence of God in all of creation as well as in the creative process.
We want to know the needs of any artist, in any art form, so as to pray for graces for them, their families, and their benefactors, imploring the Holy Spirit to touch their lives. Anyone can send prayer requests or request a Mass, and those requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain. Prayer requests are confidential.
Support the Culture of Life Through the Arts
The arts leave a footprint of civilization, and later ages stand in that legacy. We recognize the achievements of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and medieval Europe through objects that have remained (that we see) or though sounds and ideas that have been handed down (in music that we hear and writings that we read). Because of their very gifts, artists tend either to reflect the culture in which they live or to elevate it.
What human being is there who cannot respond to true beauty? This apostolate seeks to promote prayer for artists because we believe that visionary artists can edify society and help lead it toward the Civilization of Love - and "Culture of Life" - envisioned by Saint John Paul II. We rejoice in the words of an earlier pope, spoken at the end of Vatican II: "This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man..." Pope Paul VI, in the closing message of Vatican II, December 8, 1965.
Discover the Catechism
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn:
Love for the Poor
2444 “The Church’s love for the poor . . . is a part of her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.” It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty [emphasis added].
—Excerpted from Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 7, The Seventh Commandment (footnotes omitted)
Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art
2501 Created “in the image of God,” man also expresses the truth of his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works. Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search for the necessities of life which is common to all living creatures, art is a freely given super-abundance of the human being’s inner riches. Arising from talent given by the Creator and from man’s own effort, art is a form of practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill, to give form to the truth of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing. To the extent that it is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God’s activity in what he has created. Like any other human activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and ennobled by the ultimate end of man.
2502 Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God—the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who “reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature,” in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” This spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.
2503 For this reason bishops, personally or through delegates, should see to the promotion of sacred art, old and new, in all its forms and, with the same religious care, remove from the liturgy and from places of worship everything which is not in conformity with the truth of faith and the authentic beauty of sacred art.
2513 The fine arts, but above all sacred art, “of their nature are directed toward expressing in some way the infinite beauty of God in works made by human hands. Their dedication to the increase of God’s praise and of his glory is more complete, the more exclusively they are devoted to turning men’s minds devoutly toward God.”
—Excerpted from Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article 8, The Eighth Commandment (footnotes omitted)