Dark Night of the Soul, a Lenten Meditation

La noche oscura del alma (Dark Night of the Soul) is the title given to a poem by 16th century Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross. These striking words seem to have been written to describe the very state of being for many of us today: loss, sadness, grief, despair. It’s been a strange Lenten… Continue reading Dark Night of the Soul, a Lenten Meditation


Space, Light and Color

   Yesterday night, Washington National Cathedral visitors discovered yet another dimension of its beauty, spacious, ever changing and always new. In the middle of the Cathedral, where hundreds of chairs usually stand - glorious nothing. Only space, light and color. An astonishing range of colors came and disappeared, and I stood there awe struck, naively… Continue reading Space, Light and Color

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas my dear friends. Hope it was a day full of light and joy for you and hope you found new ways to see and experience beauty, grace, hope and kindness all around you today. ~Maria

The Light of Bar Harbor

Postcards from Acadia Series A cool, early September evening finds me in Bar Harbor, Maine. I come to a little park looking out at a pier and position myself on one of the benches thoughtfully provided, no doubt for specific sunset watching purposes. In front of me, there lies Frenchman Bay: glassy still water; little… Continue reading The Light of Bar Harbor

The Lighthouse is Real

Postcards from Acadia Series On a day chilly and clear, we drove to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. We walked the trail, scrambled over enormous pink rocks, saw black angry waves beneath. And then – there it was, the lighthouse. I choked when I caught the first glimpse of it and stood motionless for a while… Continue reading The Lighthouse is Real