Day #60 – Vishnu

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #60 – Vishnu

Vishnu, of the Hindu Holy Trinity, is the protector god of all creation. In his mercy and goodness, he will incarnate upon earth to restore the balance when evil is overcoming good. The four arms of Vishnu represent his continual presence throughout the universe. In one hand, he holds the conch shell to spread the divine sound of “Aum,” the creative mantra of the universe returning all to wholeness. His second hand holds the disc to destroy the ego interfering with the path to holiness. His mace, held in the third hand, represents Vishnu’s ability to restore balance through...

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Day #58 – The Buddha

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #58 – The Buddha

“Please excuse,” said the gentle Japanese woman in broken English. “I am Buddhist. This my aw-ter.” Her crooked finger pointed toward the elegantly dressed table with a large golden statue placed at the center. She smiled at the sight of her guest standing quietly gazing at the display. “I kneel today. I tell him my prayer for peace. I ask miracles, like he did. I say ‘no more heartache’. He listen. He hear me. I feel good inside.” She gently touched the arm of her guest, forcing eye contact, and spoke, “He teach me truth is inside me. I look quiet.  I . ....

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Day #56 – Madonna and Child

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #56 – Madonna and Child

“All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don’t give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.” ~St. Josemaria Escriva Angry tears streamed down my face. I knelt, deep in prayer, pleading on my knees for relief from the hell my life had become. My vision narrowed, blinded by despair and anger; I bowed my head in a feeble attempt to ask for some clarity . . . some understanding of how things had gone so terrible wrong. Then, I realized there were others in the chapel....

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Day #54 – Saint Sambandar

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #54 – Saint Sambandar

In the 12th Century, this beautiful bronze was created to remind the Hindu people of India of the dancing child saint. As the legend goes, the excited young boy of three made a journey with his father to the temple. We don’t know if the journey was long or short, but we do know the youngster desired food. The child searched for his father but couldn’t find him. Then, the sculpture of Shiva and Parvati drew him towards it. From this statue, he was miraculously fed milk until his hunger was sated. When asked by his father who fed him, he pointed to the sky, the home of the gods. From...

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Day #52 – Bodhisattva

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #52 – Bodhisattva

As the monk began to cross the raging river, he noticed a scorpion trapped on a leaf caught on the rocks in the water. At any moment, the rushing water could sweep the eight-legged creature to its death. Filled with compassion, the monk gently attempted to lift the scorpion to safety. The terrified arachnid repeatedly stung the man until he finally placed it safely upon the ground. When asked why he would undergo such intense pain for just a lowly creature, the monk replied, “It only does what it knows. I do what I must.” In Tibetan Buddhism, these living saints devote their...

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Day #37 – Sisters

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #37 – Sisters

The secrets we whisper to each other now are so different than the arguments we had as children. It no longer matters if the room is clean or where we keep our stuff. We once shared the uncertainty of growing up and now wonder how the time flew by so quickly. We share our hopes and dreams, struggles and pain in the few stolen moments we are able to capture from our busy lives. Our lives are enriched with other women who share the joys of sisterhood without the bond of siblings. These may be our in-laws, our friends, even our daughters and nieces as they grow before our eyes. As women, we...

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