Today we feature the super talented Dr Debra Bartholomew who belongs to two parishes St Mary’s which was her original parish and Assumption in Maraval. Debra is an Ophthalmologist by day and artist by night.
This beautiful mother of two sons shares a beautiful faith story. “ I did some paintings for an exhibition and I met Apostolic Nuncio there. A few days later I was in ICU with bleeding in my brain. But through prayers I was miraculously healed….. I owe it all the Jesus”.
Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images.
Through Visio Divina we invite you to see beyond first and second impressions, and even beyond your initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. Our hope is to create a connection to the divine through local art.
Each week we are happy feature the work of a female catholic artist, prepared specifically for your reflective prayer. Today we display this piece by Dr Debra Bartholomew entitled Listening for the voice. It was named by a young boy in her parish who visiting to Blessed Sacrament often. (Can you guess the name of the priest in the picture?)
So here is how we are going to do it.
1. Set aside 20 minutes in the day for the guided prayer experience
2. As you begin to prayer take a few minutes to open your heart and mind to God.
3. When you are ready, slowly look and notice the image, taking your time to let feelings and thoughts come to you as you take in forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and shapes. What does it look like, or remind you of? What are your initial thoughts? What feelings are evoked?
4. Now, return to the image with an open heart and mind again. You may now experience new thoughts, meanings, and feelings. Start, exploring new meanings and feeling that come to you associated with the image. Be aware of any assumptions or expectations that you bring to the image. Regardless of your response to the image — delight, disgust, indifference, and confusion — contemplate prayerfully the reason for your response and what these responses might mean for and about you.
5. As you go deeper in this prayer, open yourself to what the image might reveal to you. What does the Spirit want to say, evoke, make known, or express to you in quiet meditation? What are your feelings, thoughts, desires, and meanings evoked by the image and how they are directly connected to your life?
6. Now, take the time to respond to God. Jot down in a journal the insights you want to remember, actions you are invited to take, wisdom you hope to embody, or any feelings or thoughts you wish to express. Bring your prayer to a close by resting in God’s grace and love.
Please email us as at firstname.lastname@example.org on the impact this activity may have had on your day, and be sure to share the artist’s image on your social media feeds.
Compiled by Denise Scott
Source info: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2009/07/praying-with-art-visio-divina