Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sun Worshiper


Izzy in the window






Cat in the window with shadows


Anyone who has a cat or two living with them (I'm not going to say own a cat as I'm not sure one can ever 'own' a cat) knows how they love to pick the sunniest spot in the house to laze in and perhaps take a cat nap (pun intended, of course). Windows are always an obvious choice. Cats are pretty smart (as are dogs). When they're tired, they stop and nap. I wonder about we humans, though, thinking that we are the superior ones when we all tend to run ourselves ragged to the ground. We don't stop when we're tired. We're out to save the world or get those kazillion errands done. Perhaps we should learn more from our furry, four legged friends. Stop when you're tired. Take naps. Play spontaneously. Eat when you're hungry. Stretch regularly.

Maybe we'd all be a little healthier and happier? I'm just saying...

Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Friday, December 12, 2014

O Holy Night and the Book of Revelations-Day 12





Oh, humble Mary,
Gracious one-we seek comfort
In your loving arms












A Christmas Card - Written in 1947

When the white stars talk together like sisters

And when the winter hills

Raise their grand semblance in the freezing night,

Somewhere one window

Bleeds like the brown eye of an open force.

Hills, stars,

White stars that stand above the eastern stable.

Look down and offer Him.

The dim adoring light of your belief.

Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire.

Shall not this Child

(When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice)

Conquer the winter of our hateful century?

And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib,

Lo, with what rapiers

Those two loves fence and flame their brillancy!

Here in this straw lie planned the fires

That will melt all our sufferings:

He is our Lamb, our holocaust!

And one by one the shepherds, with their snowy feet,

Stamp and shake out their hats upon the stable dirt,

And one by one kneel down to look upon their Life.

--Thomas Merton
(more on Thomas Merton here)

The images you see here are, of course, a conglomeration. I suppose I should be using an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe since today is her Feast Day. But, I got carried away with these images. The last image-the collage, is what I created for the Christmas card that I am sending out this year. It fuses the birth of Christ with the foretelling of his arrival in the Book Of Revelations (Rv 11:19a; 12: 1-6a, 10ab).
I find all of these images to be very powerful. As women, we tend to not embrace that power that lies within us. Let this be a reminder that we do indeed have potential beyond our wildest imagination. Tapping into that will always be a work in progress and should span our lifetime-but, oh, what a difference we can make!
A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Immaculate Conception: Day 11




A pregnant woman is an icon of life itself, and in our worries and troubles that we encounter in the life, this mother, our spiritual mother, Our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, consoles us, just as she did St. Juan Diego. Listen to what she said to him:


Listen! Put it into your heart, my dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you the thing that afflicts you, is really nothing.
Do not let your heart be disturbed.
Am I not here, I who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and my protection?
Am I not the Source of your joy?
Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?
Do you need anything more?
Let nothing else worry or disturb you.


What beautiful words to hear from Our Blessed Mother at Guadalupe!...
Mary represents us all. At Guadalupe, we see her so beautifully and so dramatically exhibited as the Mother of us all-not as a women limited to Israel or the Mideast, but indeed a women who-whatever language we speak, whatever race we claim, whatever place we call home-is our Mother. As she appeared as a mother to St. Juan Diego, so she appears to us. What  beautiful consolation during this season of Advent!

by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Advent Reflections



A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!

The Tenderness of a Mother: Day 10





I did a Google search on the words, "the tenderness of a mother" and got this image you see above.  It's from a website called, the Orthodox Church In America and the description of this images reads as follows:

"The “Tenderness” Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God was found in the monastery of the caves in 1521, and was transferred to the city of Pskov by the pious Christians Basil and Theodore. The Icon is particularly renowned for the deliverance of Pskov and the Pskov Caves monastery from the army of Stephen Bathory (1533-1586) in 1581. It is commemorated on May 21, June 23, August 26, October 7, and on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha.

The Tenderness Icon of the Mother of God is of the Eleousa (Umilenie) type, and is regarded as the patroness of the city of Pskov.

The October 7 commemoration was established in thanksgiving for the deliverance of Pskov from the invading army of Napoleon in 1812."

Interesting, isn't it? At least, I think so. There is nothing like the tenderness of a mother.

A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Durer's Madonna and Child: Day 9




Albrecht Durer's body of work is extensive. He created quite the handful of Madonna and child images. "His vast body of work includes altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings." (Wikipedia). 

Makes me wonder what he thought of Mary. Although, if I were to guess, it was that she was loving and nurturing. And, a human being radiant and full of grace. That is what I see conveyed in his images of Mary.

A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!

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