SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

“Ave Maria” by Hildegard of Bingen Behold, Mary, you who increase life, who rebuilds the path, You who confused death and wore down the serpent, To you Eve raised herself up, her neck rigid with inflated arrogance. You strode upon this arrogance while bearing God’s Son of Heaven, through whom the spirit of God breaths. O gentle and loving Mother, I behold you. For Heaven released into the world that which you brought forth. This one, through whom the spirit of God breaths. Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And to this one, through whom … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

AVE GENEROSA by Hildegard of Bingen I behold you,noble, glorious and whole woman,the pupil of purity.You are the sacred matrixin which God takes great pleasure. The essences of Heaven flooded into you,and the Great Word of God dressed itself in flesh. You appeared as a shining white lily,as God looked upon you before all of Creation. O lovely and tender one,how greatly has God delighted in you.For He has placed His passionate embrace within you,so that His Son might nurse at your breast. Your womb held joy,with all the celestial symphony sounding through you,Virgin, who bore the Son of God,when … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of The Candlemas

“The Candlemas Procession” (Thomas Merton) LumenAd revelationem gentium. Look kindly, Jesus, where we come,New Simeons, to kindle,Each at Your infant sacrifice his own life’s candle. And when Your flame turns into many tongues,See how the One is multiplied, among us, hundreds!And goes among the humble, and consoles our sinfulkindred. It is for this we come,And, kneeling, each receive one flame:Ad revelationem gentium. Our lives, like candles, spell this simple symbol:Weep like our bodily life, sweet work of bees,Sweeten the world, with your slow sacrifice.And this shall be our praise:That by our glad expense, our Father’s willBurned and consumed us for … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of The Candlemas

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

“The Divine Dew” (Therese of Lisieux) My Sweet Jesus, You appear to meOn your Mother’s breast, all radiant with love.Love is the ineffable mysteryThat exiled you from your Heavenly Home…Ah! let me hide myself under the veilConcealing you from all mortal eyes,And near you, O Morning Star!I shall find a foretaste of Heaven. From the moment a new dawn awakens,When we see the first lights of the sun,The young flower beginning to openAwaits a precious balm from on high.It is the good-giving morning dew,Which, producing an abundant sap,Makes the flower of the new bud open a little. Jesus, you are … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

“Landscape: Wheatfields” (Thomas Merton) Frown there like Cressy or like Agincourt,You fierce and bearded shocks and sheavesAnd shake your grain-spears,And know no tremor in your vigilantYour stern array, my summer chevaliers! Although the wagons,(Hear how the battle of those wheels,Worrying the loose wood with their momentary thunderLeaves us to guess some trestle, there, behind the sycamores.)Although the empty wagons come, Rise up, like kings out of the pages of a chronicleAnd cry your courage in your golden beards;For now the summer-time is half-way done,Gliding to a dramatic crisisSure as the deep waters to the sedentary mill. Arise like kings and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

Aubade-Harlem by Thomas Merton Across the cages of the keyless aviaries,The lines and wires, the gallows of the broken kites,   Crucify, against the fearful light,The ragged dresses of the little children.Soon, in the sterile jungles of the waterpipes and ladders,   The bleeding sun, a bird of prey, will terrify the poor,   These will forget the unbelievable moon. But in the cells of whiter buildings,Where the glass dawn is brighter than the knives of surgeons,   Paler than alcohol or ether, shinier than money,The white men’s wives, like Pilate’s,Cry in the peril of their frozen dreams: “Daylight has driven iron spikes,Into the flesh of Jesus’ hands … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Oropa

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

Proverbs by Thomas Merton 1. I will tell you what you can do ask me if you do not understand what I just said 2. One thing you can do be a manufacturer make appliances 3. Be a Man-u-fac-tu-rer 4. Make appliances sell them for a high price 5. I will tell you about industry make appliances 6. Make appliances that move 7. Ask me if you do not understand what is move 8. First get the facts 9. Where to apply? Ask industry 10. Do not expect to get by without Mr. and Mrs. Consumer 11. Man-u-fic-tion 12. I am … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Tindari

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

“To the Blessed Virgin MaryOf Mount Carmel” (Therese of Lisieux) A place of beauty and green serenityBlowing breeze of coolnessTransported from the sea.Earth’s creation finds abode in theeWith the holy hermits of Elias’ gloryThis is Carmela mountain most heavenly. O Virgin Mary, Queen most holyYou are our Lady inspiring many.Your quiet life, simplicity, purityAll speak to me of Carmel’s story. Glorious Lady, our mother too!Who comes to us when life is blue.In gentle stillness of your waysYou whisper softly, firmly,“You do exactly as Jesus says.” To be with us forever, not to leave us everHer Scapular she gave us.To those … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

SEA OF ROSARIES: Pieta

PIETA (2011) oil on canvas © 2011 Alfred Eaker Death (Thomas Merton) Where are the merchants and the money-lenders Whose love sang in the wires between the seaports and the inland granaries? Is the old trader any safer than the sailor sent to drown Crossing the world’s end in a wooden schooner? Where are the generals who sacked the sunny cities And burned the cattle and the grain? Or is the politician any safer in his offices Than a soldier shot in the eye? Take time to tremble lest you come without reflection To feel the furious mercies of my … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Pieta

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Akita

Luke 1:39-56 (The Magnificat) “And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. “And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Akita

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Aparecida

“Aubade: The Annunciation” (Thomas Merton) When the dim light, at Lauds, comes strike her window, Bellsong falls out of Heaven with a sound of glass. Prayers fly in the mind like larks, Thoughts hide in the height like hawks: And while the country churches tell their blessings to the distance, Her slow words move (Like summer winds the wheat) her innocent love: Desires glitter in her mind Like morning stars: Until her name is suddenly spoken Like a meteor falling. She can no longer hear shrill day Sing in the east, Nor see the lovely woods begin to toss their manes. … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Aparecida

SEA OF ROSARIES: Annunciation

Annunciation (oil on canvas) © 2011 Alfred Eaker Annunciation (Thomas Merton) Ashes of paper, ashes of a world Wandering, when fire is done: We argue with the drops of rain! Until one comes Who walks unseen Even in elements we have destroyed. Deeper than any nerve He enters flesh and bone. Planting His truth, He puts our substance on. Air, earth, and rain Rework the frame that fire has ruined. What was dead is waiting for His Flame. Sparks of His Spirit spend their seeds, and hide To grow like irises, born before summertime. These blue thinas bud in Israel. The … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Annunciation

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE WOODS

OUR LADY OF THE WOODS ©1994 ALFRED EAKER Winter’s Night (Thomas Merton) When, in the dark, the frost cracks on the window The children awaken, and whisper. One says the moonlight grated like a skate Across the freezing river. Another hears the starlight breaking like a knifeblade Upon the silent, steelbright pond. They say the trees are stiller than the frozen water From waiting for a shouting light, a heavenly message. Yet it is far from Christmas, when a star Sang in the pane, as brittle as their innocence! For now the light of early Lent Glitters upon the icy … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE WOODS

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows

“The Evening of the Visitation” (Thomas Merton) Go, roads, to the four quarters of our quiet distance,While you, full moon, wise queen,Begin your evening journey to the hills of heaven,And travel no less stately in the summer skyThan Mary, going to the house of Zachary. The woods are silent with the sleep of doves,The valleys with the sleep of streams,And all our barns are happy with peace of cattle gone to rest.Still wakeful, in the fields, the shocks of wheatPreach and say prayers:You sheaves, make all your evensongs as sweet as ours,Whose summer world, all ready for the granary and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Sorrows

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Guadalupe: A Woman Clothed In The Sun (and the Dragon of Chaos)

Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Woman Clothed In The Sun (and The Dragon of Chaos) © 2018 Alfred Eaker Duns Scotus (Thomas Merton) Striking like lightning to the quick of the real world Scotus has mined all ranges to their deepest veins: But where, oh, on what blazing mountain of theology And in what Sinai’s furnace Did God refine the gold? Who ruled those arguments in their triumphant order And armed them with their strict celestial light? See the lance-lightning, blade-gliter, banner-progress As love advances, company by company In sunlit teams his clean embattled reasons, Until the firmament, with high … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady Of Guadalupe: A Woman Clothed In The Sun (and the Dragon of Chaos)

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Our Lady: Star of the Sea © 2018 Alfred Eaker The Blessed Virgin Mary Compared to a Window (Thomas Merton) Because my will is simple as a window And knows no pride of original birth, It is my life to die, like glass, by light: Slain in the strong rays of the bridegroom sun. Because my love is simple as a window And knows no shame of original dust, I longed all night, (when I was visible) for dawn my death: When I would marry day, my Holy Spirit: And die by transsubstantiation into light. For light, my lover, steals … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady, Star of the Sea

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Pontmain

“Hagia Sophia” (Thomas Merton) I. Dawn. The Hour of Lauds. There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, adimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden whole-ness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom,the Mother of all, Natura naturans. There is in allthings an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silencethat is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in word-less gentleness and flows out to me from the unseenroots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly,saluting me with indescribable humility. This is atonce my own being, my own nature, and the Gift ofmy Creator’s Thought and Art within … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Pontmain

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Kibeho

“Canticle for the Blessed Virgin” (Thomas Merton) Die, Boreas,And drown your ruins in the gaudy sea,December, clash your cymbals once againAnd put them away.The crops come thronging from the ground.The land is green with strength.The harvests sing like confidenceIn the ascetic earth.Let there be no more patienceWith your iron music, death:Stand, continents, and wear the spring your crown! The ox-eyed land,The muted lakes,The cloudy groves that praise you,Lady, with their blooms,Fuse and destroy their lightsAnd burn them into gold for you, great Virgin,Coining your honor in the glorious sun. The skies speed up to meet you, and the seasSwim you … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Kibeho

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Salette

“La Salette,” by Thomas Merton It is a hundred years since your shy feetVentured to stand upon the pasture grass of the highAlps, Coming no deeper in our smoky atmosphereThan these blue skies, the mountain eyesOf the two shepherd children, young as flowers,Born to be dazzled by no mortal snow. Lady, it is a hundred yearsSince those fair, terrible tearsReproved, with their amazing griefAll the proud candor of those altitudes:Crowning the flowers at your feetWith diamonds, that seized upon, transfigured intonails of lightThe rays of the mountain sun!- And by their news,(Which came with cowbells to the evening villageAnd to … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Salette