Out of all the stories that surround Jesus, Mary, gives us the best picture of stillness. Without realizing it, she has become our poster child for listening intently.
I am normally so drawn to color but if you stop and really take a moment you will see that this image glows with heavenly light.
In all of the efforts undertaken to protect the Christchild… what time is there for stillness? Or silliness for that matter? How can we make time for myrth and music when we feel stretched beyond our capacity daily? When ‘free time’ is scarce and, sometimes the only thing that feels possible is attempting to recover for the next push?
Creating a special place and a regular time are key to finding your rhythm of practicing stillness.
…sitting in stillness really is an act of humility. As I silently position myself, I wait expectantly to hear from God. In this way, I am saying: “I don’t have all the answers” or “I am open to learn, to change, to answer your call.” “I can trust what you will show me.”
When I allow myself to think on Jesus’ sacred heart for even a brief period, I begin to vibrate the same frequency of love and compassion-first for our Lord Jesus Christ- then for those in the world around me.
I’m also reminded of how many of these artists kept and important record of our history by painting scenes of a way of life and culture of the American West that has disappeared from our landscapes.
This is my first book which features the art and music that has surrounded the Nativity story for generations. Currently 57% discounted price on Amazon, this is a good time to pick-up copies to prepare for an Advent class or personal reflections during the Christmas season. From Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and much more, these…
The Gloria is taken from the passage in scripture when the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds who were watching their sheep by night.
Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Bruckner, Rutter, Bernstein and many many more. These posts will endeavor to explore the meaning of each of the 5 parts of the Mass and give you scripture, text and musical examples to bring them closer to home.