Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

17 Mar

“White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background.”

Jan Tschichold


A beautiful sunny Sunday, perhaps a bit chilly, but no wind. That always makes for a fine day. Mary and I greeted before Mass and chatted between saying good morning and hugging friendly faces. Next week is our big Church Opening Celebration, so everyone is excited about that.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus up on the mountain, being transformed into a glowing light, speaking with Moses and Elijah and a cloud appeared. They entered the cloud…

35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.


The homily was very interesting. The topic was white space, and how we think of the white space or empty space around the focal point as not being important. But often, the empty space, or negative space, is just as influential as the positive space.

My take on it… just like in a painting or any artwork or just in life in general, the positive and negative elements are as equally important and vital to the whole. They go hand-in-hand. In a painting, if it the entire canvas is filled with busy activity and color, with no place for the eye to rest or focus, it’s not pleasing. I guess that’s true in our lives. Without the negative or the empty spaces, how do we see or feel the positive? Something to think about.


On a less philosophical note, 🎶, Miss Pat invited a few of us to her place for a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day feast of corned beef and cabbage and all the fixins. She cooked and baked enough for a small army, and everyone went home with some leftovers.

Miss Pat also sent me home with an entire banana cream pie, cookies, bread, and potatoes to drop off for my friends at Fire Station 9. It was greatly appreciated.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all. 🍀

One Response to “Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff”

  1. Cheryl March 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

    My son’s k-2 grade classrooms were filled with stuff to look at on the walls. Too busy. Always came home from confrences with a headache

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