An Unfamiliar Beauty

 by Sr Nunother  

Today I discovered four fantastical creatures I’ll never meet in real time.  In form and substance unattainable, they present ideals of possibility and hope.  Structured from mosaic tesserae and blended into the paradise garden floor surrounding our altar, they stand guard:  the griffin, symbol and protector of the divine; the unicorn, metaphor for purity and grace; the phoenix, emblem of resurrection, whose self-immolation brings forth new life; and a fiery dragon, strong, majestic, and wise.  I love them because I can’t explain them.  I can’t explain them because they embody God’s creative mystery — just out of reach, just out of sight and waiting to be explored.

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About Sr. Nun Other

May 16, 2012, completed my 30th year as a Sister. It was both a milestone and just another day in an interesting journey. Some of those thirty years included singing with Gloriae Dei Cantores, marching in Spirit of America band, and serving on our Sisters Council. As a monastic, I live surrounded by beauty and within a frame work of opportunity and possibility. I'm sixty-four (much to my surprise) and extremely grateful for my life as a sister - past, present, and future.

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