I designed this for our Catholic Pipe Smoking Club, the “Thurifers”.
The Phoenix is a symbol of fire, or Christ’s resurrection, and also of Chicago (where my school is)
The water references the lake that our school is on, and the latin is taken from Leviticus, meaning “a pleasing/sweet odor to The Lord”
A new song from this past weekend, called “Dear James”. I wrote the song by writing out several memories and things I wanted to say to my friend James, and then just putting it to music. He will probably think it is really weird I wrote a song about him, but it is representational of several people, so he will hopefully forgive the use of his name and events,
An original song inspired by a book of the same name by Graham Greene.
Thanks to Phil and Fred for recording me.
I drew this in class today. The stones are the seven days of creation, and Christ is pointing to the crown, (man’s creation) and the tomb, (the seventh day and resurrection), and His hand is in blessings towards the plant (life).
The skull is behind him, and the water is flowing to the growing plant.
Someone told me that circles in icons mean eternity is meeting earth, and I immediately thought of the portals in Stargate SG1, which actually had seven symbols around it. So these seven symbols of the days of creation are the heavenly Stargate, where God is invading earth, making the two one in Christ.
I begin an 8 day silent retreat tonight, led by a spiritual director. Please offer a small prayer for me and the other 168 retreatents, as well as our spiritual directors, as we begin this time of prayer.
God Bless you.
-Eating a pear; core and all.
-Really breathing, feeling the air fill my lungs as if I had never breathed before.
-The feeling of a cool, smooth stone.
-Catching a reference to an old movie.
-Telling a person that they are Good.
-Asking someone what they are thinking about, and getting a real response.
-Being asked what I am thinking of, and being listened to as I respond.
-Sitting down in a hot shower.
-Untangling wild flowers that have gotten tangled.
-Smelling the air conditioning when it turns on for the first time in Spring.
-Humming The Lord of the Rings’ Hobbit theme.
-Smiling at a stranger, and seeing their eyes light up.
-Helping another person love something they made, or are good at.
-Looking at the sun through stained glass.
-The first few minutes of sitting in a car that has been in the sun, before I begin to sweat.
-Peeling the bark off a twig with my hands.
-Noticing an unconscious habit someone has.
-The first week of school or summer, when no one has gotten busy yet.
What makes you happy?