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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lenten Mercy-Meditation: Sharing Delight

White Pine trees are common in the North East U.S.A and so they are often over-looked, passed by, taken-for-granted. But last night the falling snow turned to ice causing the branches to bend low, so I could see more closely and take this morning picture to share. Every needle is encased in ice and and drops of water have decorated the needle tips. The surprise didn't last long - within an hour it was all gone.

So perhaps in the Jubilee Year of Mercy (and mercy means kindness) we might do something to surprise and delight someone else. Be creative: like ice forming on pine needles.


  1. You captured these little frozen droplets so perfectly. Pure delight in the little observances we make around us. Seize the moment and pass it on as you did. I ask myself what small kindness can I do today? What can I do to put a smile on someone's face?

  2. Beautiful Father. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ice on pine needles is a beautiful reminder of the spontaneity of nature. A droplet of water can take so many forms. Just like human nature can.

  4. A creative way to share with us and a good eye for detail behind the lens. You are talented in many ways Father Stephen. God bless!