“..the dark divinity of our plight…”
(The Contemplative Heart, by James Finley*)
“..a time to be silent..”
(from Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 8)
Picture taken in Chennai
Hat-tip to Beth at louie, louie for the quote*
Picture taken after Compline in the Abbey Church of Mount Saint Bernard’s Trappist monastery, Leicestershire, England
“And the darkness comprehended it not..”
(This chant sounds musically far more Orthodox than Catholic to me…)
Picture taken in Milan Cathedral
Picture taken shortly before six-thirty, in a Fort Cochin lane.
Open-air, nighttime Mass in Fort Cochin
Anu makes a final inspection of the roof terrace.
Tomorrow the celebrations begin…
But shooting is now seriously behind schedule.
The film-set cannot sleep.
Picture taken in Fort Cochin
The passage to Herod’s Gate
“Come, ye daughters, help me lament,
Behold! Whom? The Bridegroom.
Behold him! How? Like a lamb..”
Picture taken on the Via Dolorosa, Old Jerusalem
New life emerges from tightly closed shutters into the light..
Picture of the shuttered windows of St Anthony’s chapel, Fort Cochin
“..they that watch for the morning..”
Sunrise at Kopua Monastery.
Picture taken from the steps of Southern Star Abbey, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Picture taken in Cochin.
Yesterday was the Indian festival of Diwali,
when Hindus celebrate the eventual triumph of light over forces of darkness.
Picture of a young girl lighting Diwali lamps outside the Hindu temple in Fort Cochin.
How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees,
All hid from mortal sight,
All our joys to sorrow turning,
And our triumphs into mourning,
As the night succeeds the day.
No certain bliss,
No solid peace,
We mortals know
On earth below,
Yet on this maxim still obey:
“Whatever is, is right.”
Shafts of light pierced the massive walls of the two temples
Revealing colours in the stonework not apparent under the tropical sun’s glare.
Thick temple walls kept the interiors cool and shaded.
A temporary descent
Photographs taken in Hampi, during my travels in Karnataka