Prayer and Work

The art of stability

Our chapel mural of St. Walburga kept splashing back a glare at me when I attempted to photograph her, but this bas-relief panel of the altar was more generous. A Saxon princess, Walburga set out to evangelize the people in the part of the world we now call Germany.  Bavaria, in southern Germany, is where her monastery is and where the sisters who founded our Chicago community came from. I recently read a post about the entire planet being in movement, flowing: the seas, the tides, the air, the creatures. That’s us, the creatures. And although stability is part of our Benedictine vow, we sometimes need to move around; the Spirit moves us. Look at Walburga sailing along, with faithful companions, a storm cracking and flashing in the background. You would expect some movement there and yet Walburga proceeds along with quite a bit of stability. A brave girl.

St Walburga sailing

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