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 “hidden wholeness” in the creation around him.
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 original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano, Italy about 30 miles south of Rome. I remember being very surprised at the appearance of the piece.
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 through other’s garbage all in search of a treasure. We need to start seeing the fragmented in society as a treasure instead of an inconvenience.
Rabbouni is the title of a new piece I have just finished. This word was proclaimed in the garden by Mary Magdalene when she was the first to hear Jesus speak after the Resurrection. This word means teacher. Mary Magdalene knew instantly the sound of Jesus voice and in that moment recognized the depth of what she was witnessing.