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Seeing, not just looking

While in St. John's, NL last week with Franciscan friends from Wisconsin, we visited The Rooms, where a Christopher Pratt exhibition had just opened. He is in his 80th year. I wrote this text from where it was highlighted in big print on the wall, since no photos were allowed:

"Wide open space is, for Pratt, a place of serenity. By emptying modern life of its illusion of momentum, Pratt reveals the poverty of a culture that has forsaken meditative calm for a distracted sense of progress. The simplicity of his images present a moment immediately reinforcing the difference between seeing and looking."

His work calls me to do just that. I am so poor at it. I am still rushed and eager. This year has helped me to slow down in significant ways, but the habits are long ingrained. I already know that this sabbatical will not end; instead it will be my inner heart companion as I return to full work in September.

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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18.03 | 17:38

Edith is our mentor and prophet for the times she knows we are trying to let go, be freed from whatever impedes growth,goodness and giving!

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14.03 | 19:26

Thank you Brenda for providing this resource. Your selection of books make fine companions on life's path, especially at this time.

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