Art As Doing & Being Prayer

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“…from verbal Rococo to minimalistic silence; from contemplating an Icon or lighting a candle to absorbing the beauty of creation or engaging in the creative endeavour; from doing prayers to being a prayer.”

Thanksgiving for the Creative Endeavour

In carving the

wood; in sculpting the stone;

in forming the clay                   

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In painting the

canvas; in pressing the print;

in searching

for new ways                 

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In the

landscaping of the garden; in the toiling of earth;

in the

arrangement of flowers        

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In making the

bread we break and share   

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In the making

of music with instruments or voices    

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In creating new

worlds with written words;

in telling

stories with pictures  

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In joining the

dance of the universe;

in moving our

bodies to the beat of life  

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In the

spontaneous and subversive street art   

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In the

performing of a play; in the routine of a mime;

in the kindness

of a gesture  

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In the words of

our liturgy and prayers 

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

In being human;

in caring for one another and our planet  

Your creative

Spirit is within us

 

We are creative

beings made to the image and likeness of a creative God. 

Amen

Seen above (and on home-page mastheads): Olive Tree I by Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga Steele

Words from “Prayer” and “UPrayer: Thanksgiving for the Creative Endeavour” by Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga Steele.

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