“Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace”. John O'Donohue

Monday, 25 December 2017


It is Christmas day, and my series of Advent reflections comes to an end. Much like  felt at Easter after a similar Lenten project, I am feeling a mixture  of relief and disappointment.  It is an undertaking to commit to doing something every day for a month, or
forty days or whatever is prescribed. Of course, that is the point. It is a devotional undertaking. Whether the choice is prayer, or chanting or fasting or -in my case- taking photographs and reflecting on the message of the day and making easily meme-able little pieces of art, the devotion manifests in the commitment to show up and do it, even if you don't feel like it. 

I began to stray somewhat from my self-prescribed style, adding photographic techniques and fonts and reflecting on certain devotional  words.  Perhaps that was something to do with flying to Gozo in the week before Christmas. The air, and the culture are vastly different here to the UK where my project began (despite the colonial hangover that is the sale of mince pies!)

 My final Christmas day reflection - probably tacky in some people's eyes -  deliberately echoes the gaudy but supremely devotional altar display that the photo was taken from. Despite the flora, and a very white baby Jesus, the love was very apparent. 

May love be apparent for you this coming year.

Happy Christmas. 

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