Today, March 25, is the feast day of the Annunciation. This is a piece that I did while I studied in Germany. In English it means “Blessed are you among women.” That is what the angel said to Mary in the Gospel reading today. Gabriel, the angel, came and told Mary that she would be
The gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent is the Transfiguration. Today while the gospel was being read I was a bit distracted because I was reminded of the piece on the Transfiguration that I had done and thought “That would be a good entry for my post.”
Today we begin the season of lent which calls us to conversion of heart. The center of the heart shape contains a cross which often is at the center of our conversion.
As the train pulled into the little town of Chartres outside Paris, I could not believe my eyes. There on the horizon was a looming Gothic Cathedral. As I approached it, I was torn between seeing the sculptures outside and going inside to see the beauty of the stained glass. I wanted to be both
This carving creates the atmosphere of Christ on the water calming the storms and inviting others to enter into the net of God’s love. The piece is framed with fish.
The gospel readings during Ordinary Time, the liturgical season we are now in, speak of the calling of the disciples, the casting of nets, and the invitations to be open to healing. Some tell of the miracles performed by Jesus while other readings are of the wedding feast and how we do not fast when
The feast of the Epiphany is the day the Wise People followed the star and brought gifts to Jesus. It is the feast of light. How is this going to change our life any? We can live through darkness
Today marks the end of the Advent Season and I am posting the Advent Piece in its entirety.
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
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
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.
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
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