HOLY GROUND

ARTFUL WRITING

Perched on this hilltop in Bosnia Herzegovina is the statue of Mary at Medjugorje, where she appeared to six local children in 1981.  Daily messages continue to be recorded today at this holy repository for world prayers.  There, Mary once said:

“The one who prays is not afraid of the future.”

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…the great challenge of ‘not to worry’ constantly hinders mankind, yet Mary urges that prayer overcomes all the worry webs of our lives…such a comforting inkling for lent…don’t you think…?

 

PERFECT LOVE

Abstract Autumn Oil Painting by Scott Naismith

ARFUL WRITING

The Perfect Love of the Father

“The eyes of peacemakers are watchful, caring eyes…finding warmth in them like people at the fireside.  They know that dividing a single atom can unleash cosmic warfare.  They also know that there is a chain that links human beings together, and that when one human cell is torn by anger, jealousy or bitterness, the reaction of war can rebound to the end of the universe.”

“But because they believe in spreading love, they know that whenever a little peace is created, there is planted a virus of peace that is strong enough to infect the whole earth.  So they live and move in a twofold joy:

–that of bringing peace wherever they go;

–that of hearing an ineffable voice saying “Father in the depths of their hearts.”

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This meditation comes from the writings of Venerable Madeleine Delbrel (1964), a French laywoman dedicated to evangelizing culture and serving the poor…one of my favorite heroines.  Madeleine also said:

“Do good to haters, bless the cursers, and pray for those who mistreat us.”

…a glimpse in how peace can be accomplished…

THEY ARE LIKE TREES

ARTFUL WRITING

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day.

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon Whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

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“Blessed are those who walk hand in hand with goodness…they are like trees planted by streams of water, that yield fruit in due season…”  Psalm 1

…Blessed is Joyce Kilmer for this exquisite poem…

…may we be like him to bear good fruit during our lifetime…

 

 

OPHELIA

The Death of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

by Sir John Everett Millais 1851

HAIKU

Leaning into float

Trusting science of life

Inspiration is everything

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…floating Ophelia reminded me how my Papa used to encourage me to float in water while my Maman fussed about harming my loose locks in the chlorine – even so, I refused to wear a cap.  Those were simple, loving, good days!…

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“Death has nothing to do with going away.  The sun sets, the moon sets, but they are not gone.”  (Like my beloved parents!)

Rumi

 

 

TIME TO PLANT

Image of a Rose Campion

Artful Writing

Welcome March!

Hopefully winter will disappear soon.  It’s time to plant goodness, root and above ground crops and landscaping an idyllic garden for Easter.  There’s plenty to celebrate this month:

Saint David

Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins

Turn back the clock for daylight savings time

Forget about the Ides of March

The four leaf clover and Saint Patrick’s Day

then Springs officially begins…Whoohoo!

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

…may You march on this March with plenty of ‘green’ providence…