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Today: An Extravagant Father
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Bonus Quote: They are never alone that are
accompanied with noble thoughts.

Philip Sydney (1554-1586)

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     On today's site:
  • Mountains melt like wax before the Lord (Psalms)
  • The extravagant gesture of creation (Annie Dillard)
  • REVIEW: Icons from Sinai
  • The best things are nearest (R. L. Stevenson)
  • Power inherent in all things (Confucius)
And The Last Word: Jami
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Photo by Stephen Bowman
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Photo by Stephen Bowman
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And now, the Last Word:
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The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
  let the many islands be glad.
Cloud and darkness surround the Lord;
  justice and right are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him;
  everywhere it consumes the foes.
Lightning illumines the world;
  the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
  before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim God's justice;
  all peoples see his glory.

Psalm 97: 1-6
New American Bible
The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After one extravagant
gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal
exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of
emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with fresh vigor. The whole show
has been on fire since the word go!

Annie Dillard (1945-      )
Pulitzer Prize winning American author
Photo by Chuck Bowman
In Constantinople, around the year 726, Byzantine
emperor Leo II removed a well-loved image of Jesus
from one of the palace gates, sparking a local riot.
Thus began a violent chapter of debate in the history
of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. Leo III
went on to declare all religious image veneration “a
craft of idolatry.” Over the next 100 years, the
“iconoclasts,” as they were known, set about
destroying religious icons and relics; even burning
monasteries and torturing monks in the process.
Thousands of priceless works of art were lost forever.
Banner  of St. Theodosia, iconophile and
martyr, in the lobby of the Getty Museum

Holy Image, Hallowed Ground:
Icons from Sinai
At the Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt  (map below)
Luckily, tucked away in the remote
shadows of Egypt’s Mt. Sinai, the Holy
Monastery of St. Catherine lay quietly
untouched. As a result, today it houses
the most extensive collection of
religious icons in the world, some 2000
of them, dating back to the sixth
century. Very rarely have these fragile
egg tempura paintings left the desert.
In 1997, a scant 10 icons and some
manuscripts were exhibited in the New
York Metropolitan Museum’s “The
Glory of Byzantium.” But now through
March 4th, an astonishing 43 icons
from St. Catherine’s Monastery, along
with six manuscripts and four liturgical
items are on display in the gloriously
rich exhibit,
Icons from Sinai at the J.
Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; an
event made possible only because of
recent conservation technology
enabling the icons to be protected from
changes in humidity and temperature.

Icons, continued...
The best things are nearest: breath in
your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers
at your feet, duties at your hand, the
path of God just before you.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish novelist and poet
The power of spiritual forces in the Universe - how active it is everywhere!
Invisible to the eyes, and impalpable to the senses, it is inherent in all things,
and nothing can escape its operation. 

Confucius (551-479 BC)
Chinese thinker and social philosopher
To display his eternal attributes in their inexhaustible
variety, the Lord made the green fields of time and space.

Jami (1414-1492)
One of the last great Sufi poets of Persia