Sunday, November 30, 2014

Advent: when the ladder climbing stops we are ready to gather around the manger

This is how Advent always begins. In the place where everything seems lost; where the human condition is experienced at its most starkly bleak. It is only within this manger of dread, desolation and despair that Christmas makes sense. Only there can we feel its new born warmth for ourselves and cradle its living truth in our arms. Nowhere else. God invites us to journey into our darkness on the strength of a promise, daring to believe that the incarnation of love will become real in the wombspace of our fragile faith. ... Read/See the rest HERE.

Alexandra Bircken: ESKALATION from The Hepworth Wakefield on Vimeo.

HT: Phil (Ennis Blue)


  1. I haven't yet watched the video, but I will. I did read David Perry's words about the sculpture. I, like others, find the work moving and powerful. It affects me in a different way than it did Mr Perry, who describes the figures languishing on ladders in terms of what sounds like sin. Another way to look at this work is to empathize with the figures in their suffering, which perhaps comes about through folly or oppression, but as likely comes with the very nature of living--the First Noble Truth. And, thinking of Advent, to have Someone come to them, compassionate and loving, gives hope.

  2. I watched the video and listened to Ms Bircken's discussion of process and mindfulness about bodies and skin, her's and others'. Interpretation remains with us.


From Dorothy Day’s editorial in the Catholic Worker on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.