Prayer and Work

Flying free

A butterfly, one glory of God’s creation, represents so many  things these days! Speaking ecologically, it is popular to say that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a hurricane in the Caribbean as a way to say that all things are connected. In Christian art, the butterfly represents the Resurrection. Many immigrants from Mexico use the butterfly as a symbol of themselves, coming and going from Mexico to the United States, like the monarchs that come and go between Chicago and Michoacán. Modern day American nuns like to talk about how the caterpillar in its cocoon (chrysalis) has to totally break down, scrambling itself up in order to be made completely new, emerging as butterfly, as a way to gain understanding of the breakdown or diminishment of traditional religious life leading to something new or as a hopeful  way to reframe personal distress and trials in difficult times. For me, a butterfly represents beauty that calls for joy and respect and that must never be trapped or harmed, something to be grateful for and allowed to fly free without trying to possess it. I admire the creativity of the Zapotec artisan who found a way to represent a butterfly in flight in this rug woven of wool thread.

I admire the creativity of the Zapotec artisan who found a way to represent a butterfly in flight in this rug woven of wool thread.

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