It all began with a question: What if during Advent, we began with four lit candles and each week lit one less, quieting/stilling our way toward the center Christ candle? How could a question like that be imaged?
One person said it’s like a countdown… Yes, indeed! I’ve also suggested that it mirrors our physical experience (in the Northern Hemisphere) with light.
The image breaks into five vertical panels, from right to left: four lit candles, three, two, one, and the Christ candle with the Madonna and Child.
One of the things that delights me is that in the tradition of reading left to right, the image begins with Christ. God is with us all along. Becoming quieter can help us discern that. I had a conversation early on about my desire to have people move through the image from right to left, like coming back to the beginning. The person I was talking with told me about the “O, Antiphons.” Really, really interesting stuff… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Antiphons. And although it can’t be proven, I choose to leave room for the mystery.
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Check out the liturgies that accompany the images… it’s all free here from LEAD – https://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/advent-2017/
The Gospel liberates the inner light of love; and love can hold paradox.
I am moved by the mystery of how light is both particle and wave, depending on the questions you ask of light. I don’t pretend to understand what that means. Somehow I trust that Love has the power to hold that mystery.
“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide with wonder, your body fills up with light.” ~Matthew 6:22 (The Message)
“… And the light shone in the darkness and / Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled / About the centre of the silent Word…” T.S. Eliot goes on to ask, “Where shall the Word be found, where shall the Word resound? Not here, there is not enough silence.”
“I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame.” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
Your word is a light for my path.
Come, Indwelling Light
Love revealed in ripples pulsed
Your lifelines of grace
“Dar a luz” is a Spanish phrase meaning to give birth, literally to give light.
Because my desk has a side view of the sunrise, mornings give witness to the births of daylight. At the very moment I was originally posting this journal image on Instagram, it was morning and the sun, with impeccable timing, screamed Day to birth.
Some seeds are buried at great depths, waiting for the touch of light. @silentlabyrinth
“This is the greatness, the goodness, the wonder, the impossibility of the Gospel, that it asks of all of us something we – alone, apart, separate – cannot do! Only by living in love, in communion… do we find, every once in a while, a love flowing through us and toward us and from us that is bigger than our own.” ~Richard Rohr