"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


Temple Moments Part 5: The Wishing Tree


In the temple grounds grows a “tree of wishes”.
The threads tied around its boughs represent the prayers of women hoping to find happiness through marriage.
The miniature cot suspended from its branch is a plea to be blessed with a child.



Picture taken in Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai
The libretto to Dvořák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka can be found here

The Liturgy Of The Hours: Compline


“We entrust ourselves to the night as if it were a great ocean from which we can fish up all sorts of wonderful things..”
From The Music of Silence by David Steindl-Rast

Compline completes the Liturgy of the Hours.
Its end marks the beginning of the Great Silence


“Let all mortal flesh keep silence..”

Picture taken at sunset, Kopua Monastery, New Zealand

The Liturgy Of The Hours: Vespers


Vespers: evening prayer.
The dying of the light…

Picture taken at dusk in Kopua Monastery, New Zealand

Stumbling Into Light: Part 9

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Opening the doors to silence..

Picture shows visiting nuns in silent prayer at Kurisumala Monastery

Stumbling Into Light: Part 4


Father and son:
“Teach us to pray..”

A family at prayer in Kurisumala

The Wall: Part One


(The sound starts only at 0:40)


Picture of the Wailing Wall taken in Jerusalem.

Observing From A Distance: Part 1


A nun from the Sacramentine Sisters of Bethlehem.



Picture taken in the Grotto of the Lady Mary in Bethlehem



Picture taken in the Grotto of the Lady Mary, Bethlehem

The Weekend Break: An Intermission

A store closes for lunchtime prayers.


Picture taken in Kannur.

Sunday Errands

The purchase of votive flowers.



Picture taken near to the Hindu Temple in Palace Road, Fort Cochin

Wandering Westward: The Light Of Votive Prayer



“..et lux perpetua luceat eis.”

“..and let perpetual light shine on them.”

Picture of votive candles taken in the Church of the Holy Comforter and St Cyprian, Washington DC

Pray Together: Stay Together



A monk and a shop-keeper pray together in Ladakh

A Way To Pray

A Tibetan Buddhist monk sits beside the doors to an upper room.

A place of prayer and light.


With opportunities for spiritual spring cleaning.


Pictures taken in Diskit Monastery, Ladakh