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Doors of Perception

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

– Aldous Huxley

Wisdom

This month the subject is Wisdom.  And today we begin with a quote that set the tone for all of our congregation’s Chapter (our meeting at which the sisters gather to discern our direction):

Wisdom stands at the door and waits.

Catherine of Siena, Woman of Wisdom

Catherine of Siena, Woman of Wisdom

On the Feast of Saint Catherine

To the true servant of God every place is the right place and every time is the right time.

– St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine in a moment of ecstasy - painting in Toulouse

St. Catherine in a moment of ecstasy – painting in Toulouse

 

The Feast of Catherine of Siena

Statue of Catherine in the village of Siena, Italy

Statue of Catherine in the village of Siena, Italy

Today is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena (Dominican Saint, born in 1347). She wrote, “Love transforms one into what one loves.” (Dialogue 60)

Reflections:

  • Into whom or what will we be transformed?
  • How would we like to be transformed?
  • What am I doing to “make it so”?

Wisdom of Catherine of Siena

way_to_heaven

All the way to heaven is heaven.
– Catherine of Siena

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas – An Epiphany

The twelve days of Christmas come to an end on January 6, and the season of [Ordinary Time] begins. But Epiphany not only ends Christmas, it also fulfills it by celebrating the revelation of the Christ to the whole world. The coming of Incarnate God to all people, especially to those of us who are Gentiles, is the bridge from birth into life, the event that makes Easter possible for most of us. The light of the Epiphany illuminates the church’s year as it illuminates the human race from whom the kings came.

– Phyllis A. Tickle

Bridges have often been powerful spiritual symbols. This one, Ponte Vecchio, in Florence, is one teeming with life and commerce - a powerful symbol to St. Catherine of Siena.

Bridges have often been powerful spiritual symbols. This one, Ponte Vecchio, in Florence, is one teeming with life and commerce – a powerful symbol to St. Catherine of Siena. She understood Jesus to be our Bridge.

Why Are We Content to Simply Wait for Heaven?

Bolinas heavens

We are reminded by Henry David Thoreau to be attentive now:

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

And Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Saint, said centuries before him that,

All the way to heaven is heaven.”

Why wait?!