Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ears Not Yet Attuned

'I am justified in saying that the whole of God's care and attention are concentrated upon me with the same singularity as if there were, in all the world, no one that concerned Him but me....

'I am to Him like a sick child in pain, fretful, unreasonable, unhappy, but comforted in spite of myself, better, and soon to be quite well again because of His silent, compassionate Presence.'

(Is He) 'Silent?  Perhaps.  But silent, as it seems to me, only because my ears are not yet attuned to the Gentle Voice of Him...

'Have I yet learned to read in His silence the answer that cannot be put into halting human words, but can be caught only in the language of love?'

 (from Fervorinos From Galilee's Hills, compiled by a Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1936, pp. 256-257)

Painting:  Gottfried Hofer M├Ądchen auf einer Blumenwiese 1911, cropped


  1. Nancy, how did you know just how I picture myself when I approach Jesus? I just love this painting! I wish you would make yet another blog (yes, I know you have nothing else to do :) consisting of all of the artwork you have assembled. It's all so gorgeous! You have such an eye for beauty that tells a story. If there were a Nancy Schuman gallery somewhere...I'd pay to see it. Thanks for all you word and picture. Beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, Patricia. I guess this IS the gallery, I suppose this IS that blog! :) I love finding such treasures, and just last night was thanking God anew that my son showed me, nearly two years ago, how to find pictures in public domain. This little girl is one of my very favorites. This is how I sometimes picture myself before our Lord also! In a white dress, with a head full of curls (maybe because I actually have poker-straight hair, so am intrigued by ringlets?). If I could afford prints of all of the art I love, I'd have to buy a whole extra house so I could have enough walls. This little girl semi-socked girl would be among my first purchases, and I'm glad you like what would be hanging in my living room!