Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Sainte-Chapelle, Nouvel Esprit" (Feed Your Soul for Lent #1)

"La Sainte-Chapelle, Nouvel Esprit"

La Sainte-Chapelle
The holy chapel, medieval reliquary
Where pilgrims honored holy fragments.
In my eyes it is the glory of Paris
Not for ancient remnants, now gone 
But for the soaring stained glass
With shimmering stories of the Word
Cut into fragments of centuries old colors
Today's fresh light streaming through.

A holy chapel I want to be
With the Holy Spirit, le Saint-Esprit
Living and giving life within me
The stories of the Word, translucent
Illuminated by the Light of the World
A radiant sanctuary of the sacred
Miraculously inside this fragile temple
Holy chapel, new spirit
Sainte chapelle, nouvel esprit.

I recorded this piece, along with several others, at a classical concert in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in October 2016. "Chaconne" calls to my mind the drama of the passion and compassion of Christ on the cross. 

You can find more music, photos and links here: La Sainte-Chapelle, the Glory of Paris.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

It is a traditional season of fasting from physical distractions. That should give us an increased focus for feasting on what feeds our souls.

I'd like to spend Lent sharing goodies to nurture the spirit: music, art, nature photography, poetry, inspiring article links. 

Along this theme of saints of the spirit, this came across my Facebook feed today. Saint Fred is an article in Atlantic Monthly about Mr. Rogers, the beloved children's TV personality and ordained Presbyterian minister who passed away on this day in 2003.

Also, while I'm here today, I realize that I neglected to send all of my Europe photo posts to this blog's subscribers last fall. Here are the links. I will try to send out the individual posts later.



Monday, February 6, 2017

Fog at Sunrise

Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry
Unfiltered, in chronological order
Morning of February 6, 2017 

"We leave a legacy in all we do and say. 
I want to leave one that is 
lovely, brave, and kind. 
Our souls are nurtured for this 
by solitude and beauty and reflection."

Monday, January 2, 2017

Leu Gardens, January in Bloom

Leu Gardens, Orlando
January 2017

Two of my daughters graced me with their presence...

It was very very hot out, in the 80's and humid.

Crocodile fern. Of course.

And cypress trees, iconic to me.

My daughter is a nurse in this hospital that we see across the lake.

This photo post is dedicated to my Facebook friend Abeer, who is in the hospital and wishes she could go outside. I can't help there, but at least I can send along these photos and gentle prayers for a speedy and strong recovery.

Other botanical gardens and nature photos...
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