Today we start the final short week of Advent. On the Advent carving, I carved the New Jerusalem, or a mountain type image with windows in it.
Today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday.” We are half way through Advent and are invited to reflect on joy.
This week I am going to show the next part of the carving that I showed last week which is the pregnant Virgin Mary. Mary sits in a receiving position with her hands open to respond to God’s will. In her stillness the word becomes flesh.
In the Sunday readings of the scriptures during Advent this year we are reminded through the rich texts of Isaiah of the vision of a world without war. He poetically invites us into his vision. The name Isaiah means “God is salvation.” During this Advent season we place ourselves within his hope of a better
We are grateful in this season for the countless blessings that God has showered on us. The words “God multiplies good and feeds in me the multitude” issue a call to us to extend to the hungry, imprisoned, and oppressed the wealth of the loaves and fishes. Through extending these ancient but ever new seeds
Especially during this time of the year, I always think of our foundress Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was someone who believed in educating the whole person. She used future tense in her wording and was always optimistic. Her eyes spoke of her perceptive heart and she looked on
Lord be merciful. Hear our prayer Give new life to these chosen ones. Pray for us These words have been in my head for many years. As a child I recall times when we would pray the Litany of the Saints in church. On the day of my Final Vow’s I remember it being sung
At this time of the year, when the leaves in Minnesota display their colorful beauty, I find it a wonderful experience and memory for me to go exploring in the woods. As a child I often enjoyed going to the woods during the different seasons. Each held it’s own beauty for me. I still find
A little over a month ago I showed the beginning of a new carving that I was working on titled “Inner Light.” Since then I have finished the piece and would like to share how it turned out.
This is an explanation and picture of one of the two piece that I have hanging at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, MN during the month of September. I received third place on this piece at the original competition at the Benedictine Monastery of St Paul in Maplewood, MN. If you get a
On this and my next post I would like to show and describe the two pieces that are hanging in St Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis, MN during the month of September, 2013. You will notice a picture of both of them in my gallery section. In February I won an Honorable Mention at the Benedictine
This wood sculpture calls us to answer needs of others. Within the larger structure of a fish is the net of hunger we are all caught in and our need to be side by side with solutions to that hunger.
For a few weeks now I have been working on a new carving and enjoying the direction it is taking. I titled the piece “Inner Light.” I first made a small sketch then glued up three boards using my six foot clamps. I enlarged my sketch on the wood and began carving. As I went
I would like to share a bit of the process of doing a linocut or woodcut. This is a rather small linocut, so the lines are quite fine as you will see by the picture of the linoleum. You carve away everything that you do not want to appear on the print. You will also
In the fall of 1994 I was privileged to go to Stuttgart, Germany and to study with a Franciscan Sister who was quite renowned for her woodcut prints and liturgical work in many churches. I was able to study and work with her for six months. Her name is Sister Sigmunda May, OSF. This by
Today is the feast day of Anne and Joachim and I wanted to share a piece I carved in 2004 for a Health Care Facility in St Paul, Mn. The reason that I suggested carving grandparents as we started discussing the project is because they are an example that the people in the facility could
I thought it might be a good idea to explain how I go about creating a carving. I buy my lumber at a local saw mill and by now you have probably figured out that I use linden wood which is commonly known as bass wood. This is a hardwood but one that does not
Thomas Merton was born on December 10, 1941 and died December 10, 1968. He arrived at Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky, and there spent 27 years. The journals that Merton kept during this time contain more than 1,470 references to nature. Nature surely influenced his thinking and his prayer. He liked to discover the
Recently I learned something new about Our Lady of Good Counsel. While I was with a group touring a chapel I heard a person describing a stain glass window dedicated to Mary. It peeked my interest due to the fact that I live on Good Counsel Hill. In 1989 I had the opportunity to view
The term fragment is used to describe something that is broken off or incomplete. The apostles were told in the scripture story to pick up the fragments of the leftovers after feeding the crowds with the loaves and fishes. We know that in fragments there can be gems. People go to garage sales and hunt