Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Prayer of Jesus

What we call the "Lord's Prayer" is the prayer Jesus taught to his disciples.
If we can't pray it sincerely ourselves, we can ask Jesus to pray the prayer in us.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Dawn into Flame

Bernardo Olivera, speaking of the great 12th-century mystics, uses a dramatic but very beautiful image to describe this journey of the Christian life.
Thus, mysticism is the reality of grace accompanying the whole life of the believer, transforming him or her from dawn into midday and from an individual burning coal into an all-consuming fire.
The Sun at Midnight (Cistercian Publications)
Through the abundant grace of God, may we too be transformed from dimness into an all-consuming blaze of love in God.

(For more, see "The Mystic as Flame" on "Caught Up in God.")

Fire photo with fractal by Faylei (Rose Hoover, rc)
(Fractal created in Apophysis)

Monday, January 26, 2015

In Deep Waters

Mysterious Swamp

Save me, O God,
    for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
    where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
    and the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary with my crying;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
    with waiting for my God.
. . . . .
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
    At an acceptable time, O God,
    in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.
(Psalm 69:1-3, 13)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset

(Click to view full size.)

Sunsets in Chicago can be spectacular. (One theory is that the air pollution enhances the colors.) This one was indeed beautiful, but I confess that I have edited it and intensified it somewhat with Photoshop.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Surface Tension

I find surface tension—which is a simple phenomenon, I suppose, as far as scientific phenomena go—fascinating and beautiful. So when I saw the water in my teacup hovering above the rim, I took some pictures.

How great are your works, LORD!
How profound your designs!
A senseless person cannot know this;
a fool cannot comprehend.
(Psalm 92:6-7 NAB)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Big Baby

Baby Rhino King
Here is baby rhinoceros King about three weeks before his first birthday at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.  On his birthday he weighed more than 1000 pounds. A zoo official told me, on the day I photographed King, that he was still nursing, even with that horn!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Troubled Planet

Troubled Planet

Let us pray for our troubled world and for all, including ourselves, who commit violence in deed, word, or thought.

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“Troubled Planet” image is by Rose Hoover, rc (with fire texture adapted from NASA photos).