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We Hold A Treasure

We Hold A Treasure

WE HOLD A TREASURE And it is Earth!  Our beautiful, fragile nourishing planet.  We in the Midwest have been blessed with a beautiful and abundant spring and summer; and now a vibrant, fragrant and colorful autumn.  We are lavished with love. During these months we have come to recognize ever more clearly, that Earth is in our hands. We humans have developed powers which are […]

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Global Oneness Day October 24, 2015

Global Oneness Day October 24, 2015

October 24th will be a truly unique and awesome day! It will stand as a symbol of peace and harmony among all nations, all individuals and all creation. We are indeed “One Sacred Community”. The following message is a step toward both increased political awareness and spiritual awakening inspired by the presence and message of Pope Francis. I hope you will join me in solidarity by reading and signing The Oneness Declaration. It expresses the […]

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An Invitation To See

An Invitation To See

Hello and welcome! Perhaps one of Life’s great unexpected gifts is the unexpected arrival of a “good companion on the way,” someone with kindred gifts and ways of seeing. Len Sroka is such a gift to me. Over some years now we have shared our creative work with each other and been mutually inspired and encouraged in the creative journey. In this blog, may you […]

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A Subscription to Mary Southard’s Blog

A Subscription to Mary Southard's Blog

It has come to my attention that some of you have tried unsuccessfully to sign up for a subscription to the Mary Southard Art Blog. I am so sorry if you had any issues with the process! I am hoping to clarify the steps for you today. (A subscription allows you to receive new blog posts by email immediately following every new painting, news item and reflection posted on the website.) Did you know that […]

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Why Do I Care?

Why Do I Care?

What absolutely beautiful summer days these are here! Perfect sunny temperatures, the disappearance of mosquito hoards, abundant flowers, veggies and berries in our gardens, eating in the courtyard—it most certainly is a time for huge gratitude for the gift of life and for the generosity and beauty of our beautiful Earth!! Yet we know that all is not well.

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Blessed Be!

Blessed Be!

Blessed Be! And what blessings for our world . . . this encyclical and Pope Francis!  Here we have a clear, comprehensive, straightforward and intelligent expose that recognizes and values Earth as our Sacred Source of life and sustenance and whose gifts are to be shared among all Earth’s family! “Laudato Si’ is absolutely stunning in sweep, depth, and wisdom. It is exactly the right document, […]

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Allurement

Allurement

Often when we are invited to “come away” for a time of prayer and contemplation, we are drawn into the greater dimensions of our reality.  We experience ourselves once again as earlier humans did, as members of a living Universe, a vibrant, nourishing community of life. It is June.  I arrived at Christ in the Wilderness, a Center for Solitude, on a very hot afternoon […]

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Every Bush Is Burning

Every Bush Is Burning

How grateful I am for the nine weeks I enjoyed at The Desert House of Prayer near Tucson!  The Sonoran desert with her beauty and diversity, her dangers and her mystery, drew me in. It was such an unfamiliar environment that I often paused to listen for the heartbeat of God in the beings and landforms and glorious sunsets. At first I had a little […]

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Ancient Streams

Ancient Streams

  “Each year spring breaks through to remind us that Resurrection is the Order of the Universe.”  Let us rejoice in that hope!   Our world has entered a period of great upheaval. Economies are in a collision course with ecosystems and life itself. Reports of climate catastrophe, environmental collapse, food and health decline, massive geopolitical and religious instability and violence, confront us daily. It […]

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