7 comments on “Totus Tuus

  1. Oh wow, a great artist as well as a great writer!!! I’m so impressed. Hugs, N 🙂

  2. And hey, haven’t you changed the look of your blog. I see the samaras in the photo at the top and something else looks different?

    • Where have you been!? I changed up the colors about a month ago—and those wingy dingy things have been up there since last year,—well, that is until it was fall and I switched out for the leaves, then when winter arrived, I switched out with the berries–now I’m back to your wingy thingies 🙂

  3. Lynda says:

    Julie, just back from the retreat and wanted to check your blog. These paintings speak to me so much. They are beautiful and are not only paintings but you poured your heart into them and that is what makes them so special. Blessings.

    • Thank you Lynda—I hope the retreat was a restorative balm to your soul and certainly food for thought!!
      I realize that in today’s news, JPII can perhaps be a lightening rod given the revealing clarity the world has gained concerning the sex abuse scandal within the church. I followed John Paul’s elevation to Pope in 1978, writing to him on several occasions and having a deep connection for the 26 years of his pontificate. I even traveled to Rome the summer following his death to give a personal farewell. This all from a non catholic.
      I cannot begin to argue and rationalize his “blind eye” as so many seem to think he had—but I think that this pope, who in my opinion was more mystic than clerical administrator, was focused more inwardly spiritually than outwardly as a general overseer. I think John XXIII was a pope during a time of abuse as well, as was Paul VI and so on. . .as this darkness in the Church has been a deep and festering infection.
      At any rate—to me he is more than a pope—one just has to learn of his struggles growing up and living under first the Nazi control of Poland then secondly that of the Communists—those of us who have not lived under such twisted and outwardly evil occupiers during a vicious war, simply have no idea as to the limits of the human psyche or soul can bear.
      I hope you have a wonderful start to a new week!!
      hugs to you—Julie

      • Lynda says:

        Julie, thanks for sharing your perspective on John Paul II. My spiritual director has told me on many occasions that I cannot judge my past actions with the wisdom that I have in the present. I am sure that JP II had deep regrets but he handled things in the way in which he thought best at the time. What a burden for any human to bear! Jesus would tell us that the one without sin should cast the first stone.
        I was privileged to be in Rome in 2000, the Year of the Jubilee, with Catholic friends and my former spouse. We were in St. Peter’s Square during an audience and I was about four feet from JP II. I have many pictures which my former spouse took for me and I was absolutely thrilled – I was a Protestant minister’s wife at the time. By the time he came to Canada in the summer of 2002, I was on my own and flirting with the Catholic expression of the Christian faith. My deep regret is that I didn’t go to see him as I was reluctant to go by myself into that incredible crowd.
        Yes, it is a new week and the weather is warming up and should be nice today but the rest of the week looks like a different story…
        The retreat was excellent – lots of affirmation that the changes in my outlook are on the right path and some new challenges as well. That is the way God works with me – God tells me that I’m dong ok but perhaps I could try this new venture. Julie, I’m getting older but God’s challenges are energizing.
        Blessings and prayers,
        Lynda

      • I appreciate the sharing of your story Lynda and how cool is that to throw a gratitude party?!
        I wrote a post about this when I first was first starting out on this blog business—about my trekking to Rome for my own little farewell. When JPII died, my passport was not current and had to be renewed, otherwise I’d have been camped out on the alley ways around St Peter’s along with the rest of the world awaiting the funeral. Hence the trip later that summer—
        You are so right about the throwing of stones—it seems to be human nature to want, to need, to cast blame. And who’s to say how much he was actually aware of the sweeping worldwide gravity—I don’t think anyone was prepared for the massive scope of it all.
        In many ways, I attribute to John Paul, my ever increasing pull toward what i know to be my Catholic roots—just not having “taken the plunge” fully yet for whatever reason.
        I admire you and your going forward and for your rebirth and reemergence, so to speak, in the life of post marriage. How fortunate I am to have met such a guided interment of the Lord’s peace—-
        Today’s post certainly had you in mind when thinking of gardeners of ones soul 🙂
        Happy studies!!
        Julie

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