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Sister Wendy Beckett

”If you don’t know about God, art is the only thing that can set you free” – Sister Wendy Beckett, contemplative nun/writer/art historian.

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Critics and the artists

Part of my volunteer job at the National Gallery of Canada also know in French as the Musée des beaux-arts du Canada in Ottawa is the activity called Docent’s Choice. 1,512 more words

Daughters of St. Philip Neri: "In that deathly closeness"

Although somewhat cryptic in its statements, this passage from Sr. Wendy’s letters is talking about life in the embrace of the Spirit.  Insofar as it lacks tangible or sensible assurances, it has the appearance of “death”.   350 more words

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Daughters of St. Philip Neri: In his "weakness" we are real

Being separated from our illusions is painful, especially our religious illusions.  We cling to a notion of spiritual perfection shaped by human wisdom and driven by the ego.   879 more words

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Daughters of St. Philip Neri: "It is all Jesus"

Jesus shares our wine, and makes every feast a Cana.  And when our wine is gone, He will take our water, if we give it to Him, and change it too into wine.   51 more words

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Daughters of St. Philip Neri: "let your poverty be a feast for Jesus"

. . . let your sense of your poverty be a feast for Jesus.  As you say, you can only see the ugliness because He is gleaming on you.   88 more words

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Daughters of St. Philip Neri: "The bitter death of your secret no's to God"

You have been kept so close to my heart these past weeks –  I longed to write knowing how ill and depressed and hopeless and abandoned you were feeling, but it was a  160 more words

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