I want to see Him

Cross-cropped canvas bears a pendant dark Lord   dying into the center space, crown ablaze with reds,       a fore-figure glowing in light-filled fabric   walks toward light on the horizon.       A little girl in pink grabs the...

Dealing with Death

Since my brother’s death I have been in a fugue state of some kind. To be honest, there is a way that the loss of a younger sibling is a cutting off of a life’s connection.   Like the disciples on Holy Saturday, I don’t know where I stand. It’s showing in my...

Malevolent Moon

    In an idyllic town the ambitious moon arouses a predator.     Does the manipulative moon   encourage duplicitous dreams   of adequacy through conquest?                  ...

Two Standards

In the Exercises St. Ignatius of Loyola posits two earthly leaders, both extremely appealing, prototypical heroes.   Their minions carry standards, banners or other symbols of their key principles.  Ignatius proffers the two standards for our consideration of...

Anima Christi

I do love this prayer, Anima Christi, Soul of Christ.             Father Ignatius incorporated it into his life changing “Spiritual Exercises.”   Remember how, when we love someone, it’s got this component of discovery.             Our hands, eyes, mouths go all...

An horizon of fearful power and joyful play

There is a contrast between comforting darks and explosive lights. It looks like a volcano or a city at war or, maybe, a mechanical device like binoculars or, perhaps the view from inside the shaft of a double barreled shotgun ———or a cannon?  ...

Remembering 9/11

How we all felt that day, remember? Like the world was coming down around us.   There was fear, terror really, and so much sorrow. How could humans do such terrible killing of humans?   There was confusion and a sense of being abandoned by God, wasn’t...

agony in the garden

I was painting this one in class with my painting students. I had to keep leaving it to teach, but they could comment on my work, too. This working the work was a teaching experience in itself. We’re all processing.   I can’t quite allow myself to...

America the Beautiful

I’ve been thinking about the Americas for so many years, sometimes feeling that we have built a world by the subjugation of indigenous peoples, thinking with grief that their empires, decimated by new diseases and war, had been given a promised land by earlier...

Christ in the Levant 2016

How do they do these horrific things? Fill the bucket with body parts, line ‘em up and cut their heads off. throw acid on ‘em and rape them women.   A woman loves a man. He’s of the wrong sub set in town. The honor of the family at stake. Her brother brutally...