Tag Archives: beauty

photo: 섀도우 댄서 (shadow dancer)

섀도우 댄서 Seoul, Korea
© 2012 erin dunigan

unless your walking is your preaching…

Today, October 4, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Francis grew up amidst wealth, but walked away from his life of privilege, choosing instead to live as the poor, among the poor. He did not fight the ‘systems’ of his day – instead, he walked away.

He is perhaps most known for the phrase, attributed to him, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” But another of his sayings that has captivated me of late is this: “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

So, in honor of St. Francis, two images: the first somewhat silly, the second, as I took it in the morning light dawning over the high sierra, was stunning to watch unfold.

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
-Psalm 19

photo: candy cane flower

As we walked down the streets of Taipei with our hosts, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) Pastor Andrew pointed this flower out to me, growing like a ‘weed’ by the side of the road.

candy cane flower, Taipei, Taiwan
© 2012 erin dunigan

photo: weaving the old and the new…

Old woman in the Taiwanese mountain village of 烏來 practices the aboriginal craft of weaving (the sign of a ‘good woman’) while, on stage, young men and women perform native dance, but with a modern aesthetic.

weaver, 烏來 Taiwan
© 2012 erin dunigan

offering beauty

This shot was also one that I just happened to walk by, while strolling down the street in Ubud (Bali). It was early morning, so the flowers were fresh, floating on the small pond. What caught my attention was the sheer beauty of the composition. What hadn’t even occurred to me, until one who was with us mentioned it — “Wow, that’s pretty time consuming. I’m not sure I get that.”

Of course it was time consuming, now that he pointed it out. But even more beautiful because of it’s complete lack of usefulness, other than to provide beauty, no?

beauty, Ubud (Bali)
© 2012 erin dunigan

photo: another sunset