Happy Easter! To help you celebrate a joyous Feast of the Resurrection, here is Richard Cutler’s painting, “Taking them home.” You can learn more about this Australian artist at www.richardcutler.com.au. Happy Easter from the Desert Foundation!
Christ Carries His Cross As we come to the final and most sacred days of Lent, here is a visual meditation for your Good Friday, Richard Cutler’s painting entitled “Christ carrying his cross.” You can learn more about this Australian artist at www.richardcutler.com.au.
Happy Epiphany and Twelfth Day of Christmas! Christmas begins with a simple birth noted only by animals and shepherds. But as we arrive at the 12th Day, the Feast of the Epiphany, we are amazed that a “simple birth” in an out-of-the-way village has universal significance. Wise men from a foreign country sense that this […]
The Star of Christmas means that the Son of God has turned the terrible night of our darkness, our anxiety and hopelessness into a Holy Night. Karl Rahner, S.J. Merry Christmas from the Desert Foundation! (This shimmering star-tree was created by our friend, Shawn McQuate from Philadelphia, who is legally blind.)
After all the long dark Advent nights, Christmas arrives, and the story never wears out. Here is Carl Sandburg’s brief description of this mysterious moment, excerpted from our Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology, available from CreateSpace or Amazon. Merry Christmas! The vagabond mother of Christ and the vagabond men of wisdom all in […]
As we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, an “immovable feast” on December 12, I love to reread “Flower and Song,” a lovely reflection by David Denny, my friend and hermit-neighbor. This is excerpted from our Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology, available from CreateSpace or Amazon. Happy Feast! Guadalupe, the New Eve The first […]
Create an atmosphere of anticipation and hope in your home this Advent by making an Advent wreath. Tessa Bielecki’s do-it-yourself wreath instructions are excerpted from Season of Glad Songs, our Christmas anthology, available from CreateSpace and Amazon. Make a circular wreath of evergreens with three purple (or blue) candles and one rose (or pink). Light one purple candle […]
We begin the sacred season of Advent with a poem by Jessica Powers, excerpted from Season of Glad Songs, our Christmas anthology, available from CreateSpace and Amazon. May these weeks before Christmas bring you moments of silence and hope. I live my Advent in the womb of Mary…. I knew for long she carried me and […]
A Tribute to My Rebbe on the First Anniversary of His Death Tessa Bielecki Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was born August 17, 1924 in Zholkiew, Poland and died in Boulder, Colorado on July 3, 2014, almost reaching his 90th birthday. I first met my “Rebbe” in July of 2004, when we both spoke at a conference on […]