Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I feel it now .....

I feel it now :
there's a power in me 
to grasp and give shape to the world.

I know nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.

All becoming has needed me

My looking ripens things

and they come toward me, to meet me and be met

Rainer Maria Rilke - words to live by!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday mornings with Mary - Seat of Wisdom

Seat of Wisdom *

For wisdom is 

better than jewels,

and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
                                          - The Book of Wisdom

Wearable shrines in the making

*from the Litany of Loreto

My Monday morning with Mary
- this week Rebecca has taken to the open road,
so I am holding vigil for our weekly space
with my sharing which I have come to love!!!

If you would like to see more of my wearable shrines,
rosaries and other creations,
please visit http://hergracedevata.blogspot.com

Have a wonderful week with Mary

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday mornings with Mary - a world in my house

memories that I carry with me forever ...

the smell of wet rock,
the sound of the rushing waters,
the drops falling from above
the gentleness of the colour that is Lourdes

and then,

the busyness of Paris,
climbing the many steps up the Sacre Couer de Montmartre
the soothing coolness inside
and then as I turn the corner, my heart feels as though
someone opened a stable door,
in front of me the spectacular
gold statue of Mary in
an aura that defies explanation, religion or faith

On the left is the Madonne from the Basilica at Montmartre and on the right
is the Vierge de Paris or Notre Dame de Paris

Remembering the massive Notre Dame Cathedral
with its thronging masses, people walking as though they
are in a shopping mall and my desperation
to have some time alone in a quiet space
to hear her whispers that called me to visit once again

another trip another time
travelling to the top of the hill which is Marseilles
miles away you can see the magnificent statue
of Notre Dame de Marseilles on the spire
of La Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

a house of memories
keeping me company
where I work and play
and remember

Another Monday morning with Mary
with Rebecca and friends

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday mornings with Mary - offering of beauty

Flowers on the altar,

an offering of gratitude and joy,
in our modern day Temple of Mary,
sanctuary for seekers of the  Holy Grail
on the Path of Divine Love

I have missed a few Monday mornings with Mary
as I was preparing for the regular retreat weekend
of The Temple of Mary of which I am the Founder
and Guardian.  These photographs were taken of the main
altar to the Blessed Mother and Son.

And here are some photographs of the beautiful
surroundings in which the Temple community gathers and meet
at Tulbagh, a rural village in the Western Cape.

As you can see it is cold here.

Have a blessed week