Thursday, November 1, 2012

communion of saints

All Saints Day. The moon was full in early morning darkness, a van Gogh sky with a soft gauze of clouds and stars twinkling through. According to Franciscan Brother and writer Richard Rohr, today is what the Celts would call a thin day, when "we are invited to be aware of deep time when past, present and future time all come together as one." And, according to The Writer's Almanac, this was the day in 1512 when Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first displayed. The detail above, the hands of God and Adam, is such a powerful, perfect metaphor for a day when we reach for those we love whose lives have touched ours. This image suggests to me that they reach for us, too.
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