Advent, Day 1 – annunciation as encounter

Arrived on solemn grandeur of great wings,  the angelic ambassador, standing or hovering,  whom she acknowledges, a guest.   But we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions courage.        The engendering Spirit did not enter her without consent.                                    God waited. (from Annunciation, by Denise Levertov) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent … Continue reading Advent, Day 1 – annunciation as encounter

Renaissance

re·​nais·​sance | ren-uh–sahns, –zahns, –sahns, ren–uh-sahns, -zahns, -sahns the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginningin the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world. the forms and treatments in art used during this period. any similar revival in the world of art and learning. a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival. origin – French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born synonyms – rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurgence, revitalization, revival, reawakening The thing about a renaissance is that you can’t force it. That’s the way it is with any … Continue reading Renaissance