Wednesday, 10 April 2013

April showers...




The morning view from my bedroom window

...of snow, between spells of brilliant sunshine and blue, blue skies. Just back from Sweden! We had stunning views flying in and out of Stockholm: water criss-crossed with ice (the cracks in which caught the Sun's light as we flew over, as though little silver salamanders were scuttling along beneath us); a patchwork of snow, green grass and brown earth on the land. If I were of a flowery literary bent I'd write of the fecund cusp between winter and spring, but perhaps not... On my flight home I was treated to the company of a bright Sun-Dog running along the clouds beside the plane - and if you click on the link you'll see the famous Sun-Dog painting in Stockholm Cathedral, which we saw, and can read all about it. Assuming you've nothing better to do. But then, if you had, you wouldn't have read this far anyway...

We stayed at Marielund  (do look at the lovely pictures on their site), the Catholic diocesan centre. The workshop went well (I think! Some generous feedback anyway) and we had a lovely, wise and dedicated group of spiritual directors-in-training to work with. It was good to reconnect with old friends and see some more of Stockholm too. A great few days!

Morning light in the house chapel...







Evening light in the church...






A warm setting for bedtime tea and cake. I love Swedish hospitality!




Thursday, 4 April 2013

Paschal mystery in word(le)s


H/t to Silvana for her Wordle of the month. I enjoy Wordles - I was first introduced to them by a Benedictine nun as a way of doing Lectio Divina - and thought I'd see what a Wordle made from my posts for Holy Week and Easter looks like. Like Silvana, I like to look for patterns... I can see "life, Benedicite, one, now"; "moon, sky, see, air - look though"; "holy morning homily love."  There's also a slightly puzzling "Ratzinger kitchen luminous" (which it no doubt is)...  And I notice a stray "Benedicte" [sic] - it must be a typo in the John Heath-Stubbs poem I cut-and-pasted from an old file. Or perhaps a vocative for Benedictus?

What can you see?

Still bitterly cold here... Snowing again! Now, enough of these displacement activities (yes, I'm at it again!) and I must pack my case. Off to Sweden tomorrow morning to give a workshop in Stockholm on Dynamic, Discernment and Desire in the Spiritual Exercises. Prayers please, if you'd be so kind!