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Magdalene Chalice Reflection

Shirley Cunningham

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October 12th, 2012 - 09:22 PM

Magdalene Chalice Reflection

Magdalene’s Chalice Reflection

For some reason, I’ve always liked to draw and paint feminine images - fashion sketches, fairy queens, goddesses, nuns. Only rather recently did it dawn on me that they have been emergences of the holy feminine, an archetype that seems to have grabbed me at an early age.

Lately, they have crowded their way onto my canvases as what I have now realized are re-visioned holy women whose stories have touched me. My hours spent with paintbrush and canvas witnessing their gradual self-revelation have become times of contemplation, prayer with paint.

Magdalene’s Chalice is a recent arrival. The gaze of this modern icon seems to look on me with great energy. She invites me to share her chalice, to slake the thirst around me in the name of Love. Her alabaster jar reminds me that acts of love, great and small, carry healing, comfort and the gift of strength for whatever is ahead.

Does the Holy One she loves sees her spirit in this beautiful face? To me, it seems so. May Magdalene bless each one she looks upon as she has blessed me.

Magdalene’s chalice reflection

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