At this time of the year I cannot help but think of the farmers planting their crops. I am grateful for having grown up on a farm and witnessing the different stages of growth. Sowing involves throwing and pulling back. The hand continues in one uniform movement until all is distributed for growth. The action
This command was given to us at the Last Supper. We remember when the impression of a person lingers in our love like scent of incense. These images are always with us and continue pulling at our heart.
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.
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
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