Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 18, 2007

I thought this week I would publish another series of photos to highlight some of the wonderful experiences I had during the past week.

We had the opportunity to paint our second water colors this week. We were studying “silhouettes” in art. The painting of the silhouettes incorporated all the previous lessions we had in water color with the addition of understanding how to create the silhouette in water colors.

Second Water Color: Silhouette of a Man Walking His Dog

I was the main celebrant at the Mass that concluded our “desert day.”

Proclaiming the Gospel

At the end of the week two Christian Brothers taught us how to make “Ojos de Dios” or “Eye of God.” This art form goes back many years. The “Ojos” always symbolized good and prayer to an all-seeing God for good health, good furtune, and good crops or prosperity. As to its meaning and history, the symbol for the all-seeing eye of God goes back to the Egytians. Most primitive people recognized God’s all seeing power in some form.

Here I am posing with the “ojo de Dios” I created

On Saturday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a wonderful party.

Our Grand Marshals all hailing from the Emerald Isle: Fr. Jim Nolan, Br. James Needham, Sr. Bernadette Healy and Fr. Chris McAneny

Everyone’s on their feet dancing up a storm

Br. Joe Schmidt points out the only green he had to wear

Br. Jim Scher borrows a “green” paper clip so he has something green to wear to our party

Member of my small prayer group: Sr. Cheryl Marie Wagner, Sr. Guia Jambalos, Fr. Richard Nalepa, Br. Jim Scher, Sr. Diana Hayes and myself

Here I pose with St. Patrick himself


4 Responses to “Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 18, 2007”

  1. Gia Says:

    Fr. Jim,
    Let me get this right: here we are praying for your Spiritual Renewal, feeling bad that you are so far from home and all the people who love you, blah… blah… blah…, and all the time you are out there doing arts and crafts and partying? Hmmmm 🙂 I hope you reminded everyone that St. Patrick was really from Rome:). But seriously, thank you for sharing with us your experiences, your beautiful artwork and the lovely “Eye of God”. Maybe we can have a summer retreat at St. Brigid where you can share some of these activities with the rest of us.
    Also, in the Derasmo tradition of “God can not and will not bless a mess”, I re-organized the desk under the bulletin board at the Parish Center (which was starting to show signs of your absence) as my lenten prayer for you. Of course, no one will be able to find anything now, but at least it looks neat.
    Your are in our prayers. Peace & Blessings.

  2. Brendan Says:

    Well… I don’t know anything about water colors or art but that is a beutiful painting.

  3. Brendan Says:

    I mean beautiful

  4. Austin Says:

    was it hard to work “1st century Palestine” into a sermon in the desert??

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