Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas

    St. Thomas Aquinas wrote millions of words in his lifetime.  Today was St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day.  So my picture tonight is of his last work, the Shorter Summa.  I must say it is a masterpiece.  It says more in a paragraph than I can muster with a novel.  I am slowly working my way through it.  I can handle one chapter at a time.  Then I have to really meditate on what he said, because see I am just an old infantryman not used to such big thoughts.  Once I get it though, I am inspired for weeks.

    Been working the real job a total of 15 out of 16 days straight….so I’m a little tired but also creatively needy.  So when my patron saint’s day came up today, I just had to take a few minutes to enjoy it in my own special ways.  First I got to be with my kids, watch a few minutes of a movie, say a rosary with my daughter, and then grab the camera of course to remember the man for what he was most famous!  No I will be off to bed for a long winter’s nap!

-ehw

PS To get the effects I experimented with gels on my flash.  It was quite fun!  Processed in Capture One 8, my current favorite editing suite.

   

Old Glory

My hopes and dreams...

My hopes and dreams…

I will be up well before the crack of dawn to work the real job….

So tonight I post this photo in honor of the Red, White and Blue.

Everytime I see this flag my heart fills with pride.  I also reflect on what it is supposed to remind us of….

Red for the Blood shed to defend its ideal of freedom from tyranny.

White for the Purity of heart and deed required to serve its people fairly.  To lust after the goods of others is the opposite of that ideal.

Blue for the Unity required to hold a divrese people together through agape love.

There is no imperal seal, nothing to indicate personal ownership of this country and its people.  Just colors and stars we can aspire to reach though virtue and limiting vice’s reach into our collective national life.

I think our founders our looking at us now, wondering if we will remember these ideals…

Do yourself a favor today.  Read the Declaration of Independence!  Read the Consititution! Read a few chapters of the Federalist Papers.  Read the Founders words from their own hand and minds.  Don’t read someone elses’s opinion, rather build your own.

Take the time to read it.  Then look around and ask yourself where do we stand now?   

It might be a life changing moment.  I know it was for me at 15-16 in American History.  It was in college, and it affirmed my convictions a dozen times since.

God Bless America!

Tonight I will pray very hard for us all.  I hope you do as well.

-ehw

Pink Springs In

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Spring is barreling its way into Roswell, Georgia. Those of us with hay fever are also remembering why Atlanta Metro is known as the friendliest city to trees in the entire Untied States. The pollen count went well over 2000 for trees this week. Lovely time of year, the weather is great…but your cars are yellow…and don’t touch your eyes!

We had a crazy week around my house, and a zany week to come with all sorts of fun and Holy Week to wrap it all up!

This year I found myself able to take off the last three days of Holy Week. SoI grabbed it. It is my favorite time of the liturgical year. I love the opportunity to contemplate on the fact that Jesus, God Incarnate, dies for me and everyone so we may be free. It brings me hope and peace.

The photo today reflects that thought as well. The tree went to sleep in fall, shedding its outer layer of leaves to survive the winter. Now with the light and warmth of spring new flowers arise. In them we see a mere prelude to the glory and beauty that is the love of God in our lives.

-ehw

Some Contrasts in NYC

I just wanted to share two photos taken minutes apart in NYC, not even a block apart from the other.

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The first photo is a Saturday night picture of traffic at about 6:15PM…It shows the towers of steel, the light, the motion of the city. People were hustling through Hell’s Kitchen to grab dinner, or go see a show down the street a fe blocks in the Theater District. A few blocks to the east thousands of people streamed into Times Square using the warm weather to enjoy Super Bowl Boulevard on its last night.

Then there was this I took a few minutes earlier after the Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Micheal the Archangel…

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The noise in the church was minimal, the congregation small (like 20 max in a church for 600-800 people) and the priest busy with four people talking about getting more involved at the parish….

Over my stay here this was what was so hard for me to comprehend, but easy to appreciate. On one floor you find a party, on the next a serenity, in one building complex business activities, and the adjoining one an abandoned hulk of glory long past.

There is so much crammed into this little piece of real estate! I would need to cross counties for in Georgia to experience some of these juxtapositions you get inside a city block here in New York City. It is not totally bad, it is not totally good…it is what is. It is something one must be constantly aware of in this city…as you should in any major city I’ve visited (like Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Berlin…I guess I’ve been a few places in my life).

By being aware of these many different possibilities in such a tiny area, one can both begin to appreciate what they have before them AND properly shift mindsets to handle the environment to your best advantage. And that was my lesson to self for the day I can take anywhere at anytime.

-ehw

PS Fujifilm X-E1 with 35mm for the street photo, and the 14mm for the altar photo. Came out alright on both accounts I think.