Today we present to you ‘Las Cuevas Hut’ by Patricia Campbell
Although Patricia Campbell is the niece of renowned local artist, Willie Chen, she never saw herself as having such an ability. This parishioner of St Benedicts in La Romaine describes herself as a simple mother of two who because she attended a few sip and paints in 2019 decided to try her hand at painting for real and started attending classes held Gulf View. The next thing she knew she was secretly carving out moments in her day just to paint.
“My uncle is also Wilfred Chen and he is very a spiritual person, he is always reminding me that whatever I do I should offer up to God’ He often reminds me , that I should thank God for everything even my sufferings because later down in life those same sufferings I would recognize it as a gif. So with that in my heart and my mind, I can tell you how truly thankful I am every time I create something”.
“It was a skill I did not know I had. Because Willie Chen is my uncle, I will admit that I always had a love and appreciation for art and I always thought that I wanted to create something beautiful someday , so I feel such a deep sense of joy when I complete a piece and you know I feel like I am giving a complete offertory to God
Patricia’s story is one filled with beauty resilience and love . “ I was studying microbiology at the University of Florida and I had one semester left when I decided to pursue a degree in baking and pastry instead. I nearly had a nervous breakdown thinking of how to tell this to my parents, you see my dad is a doctor and I was supposed to come and take over his practice. But in the end they understood. So I then attended the Johnson and Wales University in South Carolina to learn Culinary arts who thought her destiny was to be known as one of the top 10 pastry chefs in the US.” Life had its many twists and turns for Patricia who returned home 13 years ago and eventually opened her own bakery Pumpernickel Bakery Corner of Coffee and Carib streets in San Fernando .
So here is how we are going to do it.
1. Set aside 10 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.
Source info: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2009/07/praying-with-art-visio-divina