|Icon, St. Columba, by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
|Icon, St. Brigid, by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
|St. Brigid's Cross, image taken from|
the Internet -- Origin unknown
|Icon, St. Patrick, by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
I am sure you remember my recent correspondence with Fr. Mike in China who was asking to use my Stations of the Cross icons. Well, during the various emails back and forth, Fr. Mike introduced me to a brilliant Chinese artist, self-taught, going by the English name of Gary. You can take a look at his web site by going to http://chukarkui.art-hk.com/ The site is in English and Chinese.
You have actually seen some of his work previously as I used one of his "Madonnas" as the pattern for drawing the icon "Our Lady of China". Once you see his painting, you will see the vast difference between "the artist" and me!
Anyway, here goes.
|Our Lady of China in Ming Dynasty Robes|
by Chu KarKui (Gary)
|Icon, "Our Lady of China" by|
the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012
from the painting of Chu KarKui
|Mother and Child|
by Chu KarKui
The painting entitled "Mother and Child" is one of the most beautiful of this series of Madonnas by Gary. I don't know what medium he uses for his paintings, but whatever it is, he is able to create such beautiful silky tones, especially of the skin. As well, the colours and designs in the "silk" material of the clothing are exquisite.
|Mary, Empress of China in Qing Dynasty Robes|
by Chu KarKui
By all means, go to his web site and have a good look
SUKI AND SALLIE
|Suki hears the sound of a |
can being opened in the
kitchen! Hope spring eternal...
Of course, don't think for a moment that she is making these changes without any complaints! For example, she has found any number of different things she can do that will cause me to awaken instantly, such as scratching on the back of my new office-style chair for my computer desk! The tight fabric makes a very satisfying popping noise as she sharpens her claws on it. For me, it is a sound which penetrates even REM sleep and brings me up and shouting within a second or two. She can tell from the shouting that I am not pleased; however, I guess she figures that if I am awake there is at least a possibility that she might get fed! What a cat.
Then there are those times when she acts so sweet, rubbing against me while purring loudly. If I am sitting, she will climb up on me and rub her silky fur against my chin. I don't think she has realized this yet, but I am actually much more likely to give in and feed her when she does this than I am when she awakens me. I am just an old softy, I guess.
As for me, I am continuing to go to the gym at least every other day for a good hour's workout. Slowly, slowly I am gaining back all the ability I lost during the six months I did not attend the gym. It will take a few more weeks, I think, before I am back to some place close to where I left off last December, but the effort is certainly worth it.
I haven't had any new falling episodes -- thanks be to God. Mostly I am working on various projects for people. For example, I am preparing and framing a thank you message for a friend who wants to do something special for the group of people at the hotel who prepared everything for her 80th birthday party and made it such a success. As well, I am continuing to prepare a mass mailing postcard for a local Toronto organization -- a drawing on one side and a message on the other. I have also started thinking about doing a revised edition of my book on the Stations of the Cross now that all those icons have been updated. All of which would seem to suggest that I must be feeling reasonably well -- and that is true. Other than my usual chronic pains and aches, I seem to be more or less OK for the moment. Thanks for all those prayers that help to keep me going.
So, as my thoughts return to the Irish saints and the Eucharistic Congress with which I began this posting, I pray that the Congress will be a huge success and will bless not only those who are attending the Congress, but also the entire Church, especially the Church in Ireland. Let us all pray for them and ask the three holy patrons, St. Columba, St. Brigid and St. Patrick, to intercede for the Congress, for the Church and for Ireland.
May the peace of God which passes all understanding fill our hearts and minds this night and in the days ahead. Amen.