“Saints and Trees, God Before our Eyes” St. Lucy

 

Today is Saint Lucy’s Day in the Catholic Church.   Venerated by many cultures, St. Lucy is a martyr to the people of Sicily.  My mother observed a day without wheat in honor of her for as long as she lived.   She would buy a special grain at the Italian bakery and cook it for herself each December 13th.

St. Lucy is the Saint of the eyes…..she is portrayed with a tray of her own eyes, a self inflicted wound to herself in reverence to God.  Looking back at the shadows of Saints that graced St. Anthony’s Church,  most of them had frightening stories for little eyes to witness.   There was Saint Bartholomew, who held a large knife with a bloody slit down his forearm……..his skin flayed as a martyr.   There was kind St. Francis, pictured with a skull at his feet, to portray the fragility of mortality.   There was brave St. Michael, slaying a dragonly devil at his feet.  Somewhere, in my psyche, I am sure these statues left a mark on me……the fear of God, I would imagine.

When did people’s awe of the wonders of our natural world turn to fear …… When did sacred mistletoe hanging from the respected oaks be changed into the commercialism of a kissing “token” and a dead tree decorated with tinsel held in awe in the eyes of our children……….Trees suffer, die,  then are glorified in our eyes…….reminds you of the Saints, doesn’t it……….

When did fear replace awe……..when did killing become justified because of which Saint or God inspired worship in one’s home.

St. Lucy gave her eyes to God……he restored her blindness.

Which God will restore our blindness………………………………….Lucy

Blessings this Season of Holidays,

Shirl

 

About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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