The Crucifix in the St Michael the Archangel Chapel at Regina Caeli Academy
On Monday, Father Tran provided a wonderful homily at the Regina Caeli Academy’s opening day mass. One very important thought Father wanted us to take home is a key step all of us need to take when building a relationship with Christ and the body of Christ. It focused on reorienting our discussion reference points while talking with God.
Most of us, myself as a sinner included, begin our discussions with God saying, “I am in need…I wish…I…..I….I…I” Father challenged us to recognize this type of thought and language implies the little partner in the relationship, or the child, is telling God to look at the world through our eyes. When you ponder the statement, you quickly realize the insanity of our normal position. We mortals, of limited senses and knowledge, tell the almighty and all knowing to work towards our designs.
After thinking through this situation for but a minute or two, most rational people will recognize we should really be walking a mile in God’s shoes before we talk to the Almighty. Rather than asking the Lord to make straight the crooked path ahead to ease our burden, maybe we need to ask the Lord for strength to correct the mistakes we made while making the crooked path ahead the day before!
When we shift the thought process from our perspective to God’s perspective, we can more readily accept the wisdom of God. This will mean more time walking with him, and less time arguing with our own selfishness. Just maybe that will lead us better on the path of salvation. The very path he called us to from the moment he formed us in our mother’s womb..
Looking up at the blooming rose…
I’ve had a heck of a time photographing these roses. It always seems that I get too much light on the red while the greens get properly exposed. Then I’ll fix the red and the green gets so dark you see no detail. Oh it drives me nuts! However the beauty of the rose just continues to call me to try and get it right.
The photo you see above is one of my better attempts. In this case I shot the rose using backlight in the shade. Everything seems ok because the shade and the backlight made let the subtle details and colors come out. To get this photo I had to crawl between the bushes, avoid stepping on other lovely flowers and then get low looking at an unusual angle…upwards.
We all have something that drives us crazy as we try obtain that perfect rose photo. We will often fail in the individual attempts, but those failures do not have to define us. We just have to keep improving and learning…and not failing so catastrophically that we lose the resources to try again. If we keep going we can navigate around the obstacles and get the next shot at the rose.
Rough week at work? I know all about it…just maybe keep this in mind. Keep looking up!
Shifting the Rocks!
Just a few from last weekend…nothing fancy and no heavy thoughts.
I just took a few minutes to enjoy the kids inbetween cooking various meals, hiking and swiming at Red Top Mountain. Of course to me enjoyment also includes looking for a lovely ray of light or expression…
It is wonderful to see the kids enjoy the long summer days, not get upset with the heat, thunderstorm interuption, and tight sleeping quarters. it made me smile.
I hope you too get a moment to enjoy the loved ones in your life.
Oh the joy of a juicebox!
It is one of those trying times for me right now….challenges, challenges and more challenges.
As I processed this photo it pretty much matched my mood. A dark forest being slowly being lit by the morning sun after a rainy night. The morning haze showing off the rays of light and mist. i see a lot of darkness, but I can still feel the light of the Lord guiding me step by step through the woods.
As a newer artist I still find it extraodinary when emotion guides your artistic decisions and direction. I think that is what makes the whole adventure enjoyable and thought provoking. Yet I cannot help myself from asking if anyone else sees my vision the same way…or will it merely become whatever they want it to be? If someone does not see what you intended are you a success or a failure?
To answer my question, I think it would be silly to think everyone will look at the photo the way you intended. We all have different thoughts, perspectives and references. Success and failure of a piece really depends on whether or not the image gets you to simply stop and think about your photo as they apply their thoughts to it.
P.S. X-E1 with 18-55 shot while cooking eggs and sausage.