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And now, the Last Word:
Here you go, you wild and crazy people:
"I say you are mad with love, my Jesus, and I will always say it. You are
altogether lovely and merry, you refresh and console, you nourish and
unite, you are torment and relief, effort and rest, death and life in one.
What is not in you? You are wise and willful, sublime and
immeasurable, wonderful and inexpressible."
--St. Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607)
Italian Carmelite nun and mystic who was canonized in 1669
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But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit
of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight
shall be the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he
decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's
afllicted...Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them...There
shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with
knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.
--New American Bible
Isaiah 11:1-4, 5-6, 9
A revelation is not made for the purpose of showing to indolent men that which, by faculties
already given to them, they may show to themselves; no: but for the purpose of showing that
which the moral darkness of man will, without supernatural light, allow him to perceive.
--Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859)
English author and intellectual.
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If the whole universe has no meaning,
we should never have found out that it
has no meaning: just as, if there were
no light in the universe and therefore
no creatures with eyes, we should
never know it was dark. Dark would be
--C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar, known for his works
on medieval literature and Christian apologetics.
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
THE AFGHANISTAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
by Bill Wright
This spring (2006), I received an unexpected email from the United States Embassy in Kabul,
Afghanistan. The Public Affairs Officer there, J.B. Leedy, wanted to know if I was planning a trip
to the area in the near future. She continued by saying that the embassy could not invite anyone
to Afghanistan as it was still in a war zone, but that should I be interested incoming anyway, she
wondered if I would volunteer to teach some Afghan “street working children” digital photography.
The possibility of visiting a country that had always been on my list of interesting places to visit and
the chance to do a public service photography project made the decision an easy one. I contacted
ASCHIANA, the Afghan organization that wanted to execute the program and with the help of an
Australian volunteer, we devised a program that would give the students a working knowledge of
digital photography. [check the website: www.aschiana.com]...continued on page 2
Bill Wright is a Texas photographer with five photographic books to his credit. He has
work in public and private collections including the British Library in London; the
National Museum of American Art in Washington; the Smithsonian Institute in
Washington; and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas,
Austin. He recently made a trip to Afghanistan, and kept a journal of his experiences.
The following is an overview, an explanation of how and why his journey came to be.
Tomorrow we will begin with the first of his journal entries from Kabul.
Praise be to him who alone is to be praised. Praise him for his grace and favour.
Praise him whose knowledge encompasses all things.
O God, grant me light in my heart and light in my tomb, light in my hearing and
light in my seeing, light in my flesh, light in my blood and light in my bones.
Light before me, light behind me, light to right of me, light to left of me, light
above me, light beneath me.
O God, increase my light and give me the greatest light of all. Of thy mercy grant
me light, O thou merciful.
--Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (1058-1111)
A Persian, known as Algazel to the western medieval world,
he is one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Islam
He who is in the sun, and in the fire and in the heart of
man is ONE. He who knows this is one with the ONE.
--The Upanishads are part of Vedantic Himduism
and form scriptures which were transmitted orally,
dating back as far as the 8th century BC.