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Loretto Artists, Authors Enhance Lives of Others with Their Talents

Posted on May 30, 2021, by Loretto Community

A woman sits at a table with pen and paper, contemplating what to write.
Author Loretto Sister Anndavid Naeger works on the next issue of “Our Days at Loretto Motherhouse.”
(Photo by Donna Mattingly SL)

The Loretto Community celebrates the creative minds and hearts of its members. This week, we highlight authors, poets, artists and craftspeople. They enhance the life of the Community and the wider world with their works. Loretto friend Thomas Merton has said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” We suspect Loretto artists have read Merton and done just as he thought.

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #41, states, “The Spirit of God is not bound; it reveals itself in the lives of everyone.” The Spirit of God has inspired deep, meaningful art. It is an art that comes wrapped in God’s own creativity and blessed into being in ways we could not do by ourselves. Art helps us find the sacred in every moment. Loretto authors, poets, artists and craftspeople are a treasure in the Loretto Community. They say to us, “Look, look around! Look at the world with us!”

Shown above is Loretto Co-member Bernice Strawn and an example of her artwork. Weathered wood and old tools that retain the history of use by human hands add a time dimension to her works.
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