Our Morning Offering – 21 January – O Most Compassionate Jesus! By Bl Pope Pius IX — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

Our Morning Offering – 21 January O Most Compassionate Jesus!By Bl Pope Pius IX (1792-1878)Indulgence of 100 days, once a day6 October 1870 O Most compassionate Jesus!Thou alone art our salvation,our life and our resurrection.We implore Thee, therefore,do not forsake usin our needs and afflictionsbut by the agony ofThy Most Sacred Heartand by the sorrows […]

Our Morning Offering – 21 January – O Most Compassionate Jesus! By Bl Pope Pius IX — AnaStpaul

Saint of the Day – 20 January – Saint Euthymius (c 377–473) — AnaStpaul

Saint of the Day – 20 January – Saint Euthymius (c 377–473) Abbot, Hermit, Ascetic, founder of Monasteries, spiritual teacher. Born in c 377 at Melitine, Armenia (modern Malatya, Turkey) and died on 20 January 473 of natural causes. Also known as Euthymius the Great. Euthymius was educated by Bishop Otreius of Melitene, who afterwards […]

Saint of the Day – 20 January – Saint Euthymius (c 377–473) — AnaStpaul

Thought for the Day – 20 January – Carrying our Cross – The Royal Road — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

Thought for the Day – 20 January – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971) Carrying our Cross – The Royal Road “There is only one way to become holy and to win Heaven.This is the way of the Cross.The Imitation of Christ contains some moving thoughts on the subject of the royal road of the […]

Thought for the Day – 20 January – Carrying our Cross – The Royal Road — AnaStpaul

Saint of the Day – 12 December – Saint Vicelinus of Oldenburg (1086-1154) — AnaStpaul (Reblog)

Saint of the Day – 12 December – Saint Vicelinus of Oldenburg (1086-1154) Bishop, Missionary, “the Apostle of Holstei,” zealous Preacher and as Bishop, he concentrated on education of his Priests and the spiritual growth of his Diocese as well as the needs of the poor, founder of numerous monasteries. Born in 1086 in the […]

Saint of the Day – 12 December – Saint Vicelinus of Oldenburg (1086-1154) — AnaStpaul

William Blake [1757-1827] — Marina Kanavaki (Reblog)

Blake portrait by Thomas Phillips English poet, painter, and printmaker William Blake was born, November 28, 1757 at 28 Broad Street (now Broadwick St.) in Soho, London ❦ Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he […]

William Blake [1757-1827] — Marina Kanavaki

The Hermit is Active! — Laura Bruno’s Blog (Reblog)

Every once in awhile, I wander into my office and see something extra magical. This afternoon, when we got home from a walk on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, I just happened to catch the Hermit’s lantern glowing: The Hermit Portal by Laura Bruno The Hermit Portal has a citrine crystal as the lantern’s “flame,” […]

The Hermit is Active! — Laura Bruno’s Blog

‘Faith Alone’

Photo by Rodolfo Clix on Pexels.com

When the world breaks down,
when I grasp at something solid
and I see it fall
as dust from my hand —
I still have you

Some call you faith,
a little voice inside saying
“you’re watching a movie”,
that nothing is real
or what it seems,
while all the time I sense darkness
descending, closing in

So please stay close
and assure me,
be my inner solidity
and remove this misery;
tell me that all shall be well —
all shall be well

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Inspired by: ‘all shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well,’

Julian of Norwich, from ‘Revelations of Divine Love

Stop Judging and You Begin to Free Yourself — Share Your Light (Reblog)

We are talking a lot about unveiling the ego and letting go of its destructive grip. It is much easier said than done. For years, the ego has grown as part of our own development. Of course, it depends a lot on the inner steadfastness we had in our younger years and on how much […]

Stop Judging and You Begin to Free Yourself — Share Your Light

***Reblogged by Francis Barker 2020. Spiritual philosophy is one of my favourite subjects; the Upanishads, for example, used to be one of my favourites areas of solace… I must return to them.

Original Oil Painting: ‘Lilies and Light’

Link to ‘Lilies and Light’ in my portfolio

Another Monet inspired work, oils on stretched canvas. I love the way many of the impressionists played with light and shade and the various techniques they employed to achieve it.

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copyright Francis Barker 2019

‘Summer Picnic’, A Completed Painting – Inspired by Monet

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see link: portfolio

Here is one of my completed paintings, inspired by French artist Monet, probably my favourite impressionist.

As they say about art and creation in general, it is about 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration… certainly the case with this example.

This original oil painting is on stretched canvas, see above link for details.

Other paintings will appear in my portfolio in due course.

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copyright Francis Barker 2019