I call my dear friend Robin O'Brien the "bard of my heart". We have collaborated on maybe a hundred events together, ranging from dozens upon dozens of Taize services from the American Cathedral in Paris to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, fifteen years of Advent Benedictine retreats at Bshop's Ranch and workshops ranging from Hildegard of Bingen to Mary Oliver. I love giving her an "assignment" . I tell her a story about the lecture I am going to give, and she writes a song in response. Here is one of my favorites, inspired by Catherine of Siena: The More I Love.
Gratitude Mandala Day 14: For painter Janet McKenzie, whose powerful work fuses art, spirituality, contemplation and issues of racial justice. I’ve seen profound shifts of consciousness in workshops as people encounter her images that invite us to see Biblical stories figures in contemporary faces . Here are two of her images: Mary Magdalene with Jesus the Christ and Invitation to Love. See more of her thought provoking work at www.janetmckenzie.com.
Mandala Day 13. for my friend, iconographer Sue Ellen Parkinson. I am feeling so grateful for the ways that Mary Magdalene has brought us together and inspired her work. Here are a few of my favorite images: The Healing Circle and Mary Magdalene Blesses Womankind which portray Mary Magdalene as a wise elder. And The Arrival, which commemorates Magdalene’s meeting with Saint Sarah in Provence. Sue Ellen will be a part of Mythica's faculty for From Grief to the Garden: Walking with Mary Magdalene Through Holy Week. (lear more here: https://www.kayleenasbo.com/from-grief-to-garden-holy...). See Sue Ellen's amazing collection of sacred art here: