Truth in stenciling
Develop the discerning eye of the artist
A painter-musician happened upon a spray-painted image of a cross on a walk along a Mexican road. He took a picture of what he saw: a haunting, rough, wild, desolate, but ultimately hopeful image of this universal Christian symbol The man with the camera was simply out on a hike, but he has the discerning eye of an artist, so he sees things others might not. It is a talent cultivated over years of practice and a reminder to all of us to pay attention—for even the stones cry out the glory of God (cf. Luke: 19-40). Insights and sparks of enlightenment will come to us particularly through spiritual practice and prayer, and in those moments we will know above all else who we are and where we are being called.
(From VISION's collection of reflections for the Year of Consecrated Life)
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We are confident that most of you readers of this newsletter have a story to tell about someone in consecrated life who was an important influence on your faith life and your understanding of your role in the world. Please tell us your story in words or video. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to include some of these stories in print or online throughout the Year of Consecrated Life.
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