OK, the title is an attention grabber, but I have just finished watching a fascinating and moving program about Sr Wendy Beckett on BBC TV, broadcast for the first time on Christmas night 2012.
As the BBC blurb puts it:
The arresting sight of Sister Wendy Beckett, all teeth and glasses, burst on to our screens in the 1990s. An instant star, she travelled the world in her habit telling us the story of Christian art and painting but revealing little of her own extraordinary story. Arena goes in search of the ‘real’ Wendy, who, at 82, talks frankly, humorously, and profoundly about her life and spirituality for the first time.
Wendy’s story, inseparable from that of the Gospel, is told alongside her selection of paintings by the greatest old masters, revealing the emotional insights they have given her. In this film, we hear for the first time of Wendy’s personal journey to God, her insights on prayer and suffering, and her reflections on the contemporary world. Above all, she connects us to the art that has helped her to know herself and her faith.
I strongly urge you all to watch it, enjoy it and learn from it.
This is the BBC IPlayer address:
People overseas may not be able to watch it without using a proxy or VPN service. Please explore the possibilities. The programme is really well worth it.
Well, Toad tried, but no go for him. Can’t see it, and doesn’t know how to, as he can’t understand machinery. Not even wheelbarrows.
A great pity, as art and nuns are among his main interests, so the combination is irresistable.
What twould Sister “Wendy” (a name invented by J.M. Barrie, he believes) have thought of the 25th of December SP&S picture, which was much admired here? Including, naturally by Toad, though the baby did strike him as looking more like a tiny, but well-preserved, 40 year old than a newly-born infant.
Toad, you could try software like this:
It fools IPlayer into thinking your computer is in the UK.
It is free and paid for by adverts.