Yesterday I put away my 2011 calendars and set out my new 2012 ones. There are two RSCJ calendar makers in my province: both are gifted photographers, and each autumn they produce lovely desktop calendars, with a seasonal photo for each month, accompanied by a quote from our foundress, Society documents or elsewhere. This year one calendar has quotes from our Constitutions and the other, from our house of prayer in Brecon, uses Thomas Merton and other writers on prayer and contemplation. The calendars enjoy a wide distribution, and make lovely little gifts - as several of my friends can testify! I have one of each, in different places where my eye will fall on one or the other at different times.
The idea of finding and matching quotes with photos strikes me as enjoyably creative, as well as being a nice reflective practice. So I've decided to get in on the act, in a relatively easy, cost-free way, courtesy of this blog. At the beginning of each month I will post one of my own seasonal photos and a quote from one of Paul's Letters, which will undoubtedly help me with my resolution to spend time reading Paul this year. There are 13 letters, so - if I put the two shortest together - I will ensure I read one letter each month, while the "task" of finding something appropriate to share will hopefully help me to reflect on what I am reading.
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this (5:24)
My seasonal photo was taken in University Park last winter. I just loved the sheer incongruity of snow on this tropical palm! But I also remember how still, silent and empty the park was that day; how starkly beautiful the snow-laden trees against an endless pearl-coloured sky. "The bleak midwinter" can be beautiful, even in all its bleakness.