Month: January 2014


light on an obscured path


My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean...

focus


    This icon is of Anthony of Egypt.  It was written for me by a monk in Greece with whom I maintained a lively conversation about theology and monastic life.  He was short and lively with bright eyes and a laugh which was a testament to his authenticity and...

focus


    This icon is of Anthony of Egypt.  It was written for me by a monk in Greece with whom I maintained a lively conversation about theology and monastic life.  He was short and lively with bright eyes and a laugh which was a testament to his authenticity and...

imagining in the light


This painting is one I purchased a few days after leaving the monastery.  It was hanging in a small Vietnamese art gallery and something about the realism of the monk and the surrealism of the bird caught my eye.  It seemed to ring a bell inside me.  I went back...

crystal light


This is my meditation candle.  I found it in a scratch and dent shelf for $5 and it is my new favorite candle.  (I have a lot of favorite candles.) It is made of white satin spar selenite crystal and is named for Selene, the Moon Goddess of ancient Greece....

transfiguration


The transfiguration is the image from scripture which best captures the season of Epiphany.  The passage is below.  It is the conversation around Jesus' suffering which seems to light Jesus us like a current between the two posts of a light bulb wire.  The icon tells the story of Peter,...

Inner lanscapes


  The light coming in through the trees over the pony by my pottery studio is an image which seems to resonate with my inner landscape.  We each have an inner landscape, a pastoral scene or even, for some, perhaps an urban scene, which seems to be an icon (representation)...

light


In the farthest pasture of Blackwater Bluff, my retreat house in New Hampshire there is a tree next to an outdoor kitchen oven - this tree.  When the house was built before the civil war, the farmers needed a summer kitchen so that they could cook the massive pots of...

exposures in light and mud


  This is one of my favorite photos of madonna and child carvings in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This is the last one of this series of Advent and Christmastide meditations on the madonna and child art in their collections.  It has been a wonderful experience to...

redemption in bronze


In this 16th century bronze rondel of Mary and Jesus, we see a swirling of movement so different from the staid and serene sculptures the MET has been offering us up till now in this  Advent and Christmas series. Here everyone is moving.  Everything is undulating, swirling, traveling, working for...