Some thoughts by Audrey Assad . . .
Our Father, our God
Hear our prayer
We have sinned before Thee
Have compassion upon us and upon our children
Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life
Let the new year be a good year for us.
Friday from the archives
Found on Instagram this morning:
frsamuelmedley: Today I was overjoyed to hold a deformed little toddler at the Mother Teresa shelter. I kept shouting in her language, “Magayon ka talaga!” (You are so very beautiful!) She grabbed my hand so hard I thought she was going to squeeze it off and started laughing and screaming with glee. I turned around and the women who watch over them were weeping in a moment of beauty and grace. God makes us beautiful by the way he loves us. He does not love us because we are beautiful.
Thanking God for priests like Fr. Samuel Medley.
it rained in my sleep
and in the morning the fields were wet
I dreamed of artillery
of the thunder of horses
in the morning the fields were strewn
with twigs and leaves
as if after a battle
or a sudden journey
I went to sleep in the summer
I dreamed of rain
in the morning the fields were wet
and it was autumn
~Linda Pastan “September”
I can choose to fight the inevitable march of time with sighs and sorrows,
thus arm myself with sour bitterness for what is no more,
or I can flow unmoved for as long as I can stay afloat,
only passively aware of the passage of all around me,
or I can smile with awaking each morning, whether to sun or wind or rain,
grateful I’ve been given one more day to get it right,
or at least to care enough to try.
A treat from a friend of mine.
Photographer Mitch Dobrowner travels the U.S. and sets up his camera in front of apocalyptic storms that rise above rural fields in Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota. Inspired by photographers like Minor White andAnsel Adams, he captures breathtaking landscapes that remind us of nature’s raw power by juxtaposing the endless flat plains of the southern and midwest states with dramatic weather formations. Lightning strikes and tornadoes feature heavily in Dobrowner’s black and white images that at times look like moments right out of the first few minutes of the Wizard of Oz.
Dobrowner has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and internationally since 2005 and is represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe and Kopeikin Gallery in LA. You can see much more of his work on Facebook. (thnx, Laura!)
“You and I are called into the sacred every moment by creating beauty.” What I ended up writing to a dear artist today. (Mako Fujimura)