One of my garden shrines
God has no Hands : Comforting Maria, The Ritual of Pesame
Why do we have hands? There is a saying from Teresa de Avila that
God has no hands. Thus, the old people say too, we were given hand to bring,
protect, comfort, heal and encourage all Creation.
In the ancient rituals to the Holy Mother, there is also a time of literal laying on
of our hands upon her body, in order to comfort,
protect, encourage, heal and help to bring
sorrowful Mother back to life again.
The ritual is not just for Our Lady.
It is to teach us also to lay hands on each other,
because we may someday be brought down and
imprisoned in a long grief, too.
Isn't it true for most everyone that there comes a time
in life when it seems anti-creation is taking place?
from Untie the Strong Woman by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
In loving memory of Madiba
and a country and nation in mourning
and an inspiration that will live for ever in our hearts
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Today is the Sixth Day in the Mary pilgrimage
a wonderful twelve days of wisdom, sharing,
community and global family