Praise the beauty of today!  There’s a strong cool wind swaying over thick giant oak trees; bright hot sun casts waving shadows on their leaves as hoarfrost.  Perched on the deck my eyes in awe, a mini forest glorifies God’s nature with barely a cloud in blue sky, angels ministering over the land, my heart beats faster as I commune with the universe.  My pen flows with mystery then beauty seizes my senses.


A strong Southeast blows

full oak branches glisten as snow

Spirit breathes on paper



Catherine of Siena ASKING GOD…?

Pray Tell – Where is Virtuous Love found?

God’s answer to Catherine of Siena is “in our neighbors.”

She agrees, “because I can’t show my Creator my love for Him directly, so I have to use my neighbors and do for them the service I cannot do for God.”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”  What a powerful directive to inflame minds!


To love foes as friends

each as brother and sister

there, is virtuous love

Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us


A RE-BLOG POST – Inspiring Paintings: Contemplation from the Cliffs…

Such a delicate painting to complement Michael’s attentive writing and so worthy of another glance here.

Flowering Poverello


One stoops

As if in prayer


Or searching

In the earth


For what can only

Be found elsewhere


One reaches out

As if to save


The other scans

The sea


Where winds fill the sails

Of the soul



Onward to eternity.


The Cliffs at Rugen, Caspar David Friedrich

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