“To be a Christian does not mean to be religious in a particular way, to cultivate some particular form of asceticism (as a sinner, a penitent or a saint) . . . not some religious act . . . but participation in the suffering of God in the life of the world.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, July 18, 1944, Letters and Papers from Prison, 123)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be the light in this present darkness

Life’s most significant turnings arise not so much from conscious awareness of obvious destinies as from unconscious streams of necessity to which we are irrepressibly drawn. Painting, like poetry, song, or dance, is vocation—a “calling forth,” a “summoning”—and in that sense a “birthing” of something deep from within, tied to a transcending future with primal roots in a grounding past. (Bone Dead, and Rising, 69)