Monday, December 17, 2012

The Prayer of St. Francis

"St. Francis in the Canyon" by Ginny Moss Rothwell***
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


mosaic 35” x 25”

St. Francis lived his life with joy and appreciation for all things created. I had an artistic vision of St. Francis surrounded by the animals and birds of the desert Southwest. I wanted to show the calm and peace the animals might feel while in the presence of Francis. The beautiful Sabino Canyon and the blue Arizona sky are the background of my mosaic. The tiles have the texture of rock and vegetation.
I painted the tiles of my birds and my lizard “Marco” using my photographs. They are frequent visitors to my garden. My inspiration for the Bobcats and the Coyote were from amazing wildlife photos by Sam Angevine, He has allowed me to use his images for my models. The roadrunners in the foreground, “Bella” and “Edward”, are feathered friends of artist Geri Niedermiller, .
                                                                                              Ginny Moss Rothwell


Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

When I was a kid and catholic, this guy was my favorite saint. He made sense to me.

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Lauren Raine said...

I was going to delete the spam above, but felt like leaving it for the irony. (BTW, I don't recommend pressing on the link above, they can be infected).

I've written about the horror of little girls sold into slavery in the worst place for human trafficing in the world,
Calcutta, now called Mumbai. I can't help but feel this strange discordant spam from a prostitute, or more likely, some kind of related a true answer to the prayer of Saint Francis. To not turn from the tragedies of the world, but to do what we can when we can, and if not, to keep a compassionate heart.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Great take on the spam, Lauren. A synchro, actually, when you combine this with st francis!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Lauren - just found a great comment you made on the 17th - in or spam folder. I just put it up. You make some fantastic points and I apologize for the spam filter snafu!

Lauren Raine said...

thanks, don't remember but i'll look it up!

Gail said...

I would love to see the mosaic in person.