Fragments of Light


Fragments of Light provides a forum where artists and critics from many countries are able to share thoughts, interests and ideas in the area of the arts and spirituality, and the power of creative expression to humanize our culture and to heal and transform lives. The blog includes both excerpts from published essays, and original reflections by artists, writers, musicians, and theatre professionals. By inviting readers to respond to these published texts, we hope to promote conversation, reflection, and discussion on faith and creativity, contemplative prayer and esthetic experience, Christian liturgy and beauty, and related themes.

The momentum of the blog draws its energy from the seasons of the Church year and shared important feasts. If you would like to participate either as a regular or guest contributor, or if you have ideas for topics of conversation, please email Lillian Miao.

Easter Outpouring

Donald Jackson’s illuminations for the twenty-fourth chapter of Luke’s Gospel burst off the manuscript page with tangible energy. The brilliant gold of Christ’s cross explodes out of the darkness: this is the Cross Triumphant.


. . . suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” —Luke 24:4


. . . in my own design work I’ll do something very structured and then I’ll just take the paint and I’ll go — whack! straight on to it — and splash every where — so you get that, ‘what’s going to happen?’ — you get that, absolute instant excitement against a really carefully articulated, beautifully crafted something else. That is a risk — and a lot of life — that’s the moment that I’m looking for. —Donald Jackson



Artist Bio
Donald Jackson (b. 1938) is a British calligrapher and official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Jackson was Artistic Director of The Saint John’s Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota.