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Apparently this rather piercing painting of Mary is a forensic artist’s rendering of the Virgin Mary based on the image of our Lord on the Shroud of Turin, in combination with a painting by William-Adolphe_Bouguereau.

The the Shroud on the lower right, an icon based on the Shroud of Turin by Ann Chapman, and on the left a typical painting of the face of Jesus, using the Shroud for reference.

Maria (accurate face matching the Shroud of Turin)by JulienLasbleiz Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / Illustrations / Technical©2011-2013 JulienLasbleiz

Tribute to one of... Read More

How the old brigade Get things done….

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For many years the ‘blue dinosaurs group’ had yearned for their very own amusement area and football pitch so that everyone in the village of Jurassic Park could enjoy the benefits therefrom.

Eventually, someone decided to take the matter to the Village Council.

The Council listened to the dinosaurs and identified ‘The Problem’ that needed to be ‘sorted’.

The Council appointed a Committee to look into the problem and report back.

The Committee appointed a Sub-committee with the same brief.

The Sub-committee... Read More

Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in silence, in the dark.

But how do we wait?

Do we wait stoically or with joy?

Do we wait like a child, a child who trusts that his daddy will keep His promises or have life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed off to any spiritual surprises?

Come to think of it, how many of us actually expect anything to happen to us on Christmas morning?

When we are secretly cynical, we will not receive a thing, not a pinpoint of Light and we will cement our cynicism in place for another year.

As we wait, secretly longing... Read More

It has been proven scientifically that it is the hospital patients with a sense of humour who survive and thrive. I know that for me, laughter has literally transformed my life, perhaps even saved my life.

My favourite thing about myself is that I can always laugh, even in the middle of a disaster. I can laugh at myself, life in general, the human condition and most especially I can laugh about the spiritual journey and inner life. The spiritual journey is intense but if we keep a sense of humour, it becomes much easier. A friend of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once asked him if it... Read More

An old detective story

Keeping Your Eye on 'The Squirrel' ~ A certain Detective Chief Superintendent placed a notice on Force Orders to advertise for Detectives. The next morning his office was awash with applicants, all bright and many suitable. He made them all sit in a bigger room until he was certain everyone had arrived and then arranged them in rows and began to tell them a story and from this story he would judge who he would accept into the Detective ranks. “A certain farmer,” began the DCS, “was troubled with a red squirrel that got in through a hole in his barn, and stole his... Read More

It is actually a subtle sort of self-delusion that is difficult to discern but God is finally getting through to me, helping me shake of self-defeating, pious actions that actually drive me further from God.

I cannot earn His love or Presence.

He must do everything in me.

This is true humility. Pride entices me to work harder, pray more, fast religiously and perform heroic looking acts of virtue.Humility accepts that only God can save me and other people

WHY? We must come to the realization that we need a Saviour. It usually takes, even Contemplative Monks decades... Read More

Judged on the surface, each endevour appears to be executed

by an incompetent ne’er-do-well,

trying yet again and floundering.

The result is a fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder,

a plain old botch up.

Call it a washout, dead duck or a lead balloon.

By any other name, it is still

a flop.

Yet,

upon further reflection,

this apparent lack of success,

is not a result of a lack of talent,

but like

a fish wanting to fly in the air.

He will look like a genius

when

he discovers... Read More

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