Advent Doors is a Saint Catherine's community project that invites you to share something of yourself with others on one, two or all the weeks of the season.
The gospel for Advent 2 is Mark 1:1-8 about John the Baptiser in the wilderness making a way and we listen to the prophet Isaiah's words: "See I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"
This is an opportunity to reflect on a journey you made (literal or figurative), charting your own course. Share images or words or something that tells of this journey.
(1) Art by Jan Richardson: A Way in the Wilderness (purchased from: https://janrichardsonimages.com/index.php)
(2 - 4) Photos from Kid Mead: “A way in the Wilderness”. A highlight of this year was my mini pilgrimage along The Baden Powell trail, and I was fortunate to share it with a few friends from St. Catherine’s. I’m sure we’d all agree that the trail pushed and challenged us at times, but also rewarded us with wild beauty and cheerful companionship. I’m sure there's a yin and yang metaphor there somewhere! Shadows cannot exist without light; a pilgrimage was never meant to be an easy stroll. Our North Shore mountains my be steep and rocky, but without that topography we would never have the waterfalls, the salmon bearing streams, the mossy glens, or the towering Cedars and Douglas firs. I once told someone where I lived and they called it God’s country. I’d have agree!
(5-10) Photos from Vivian McGie.
(11) Photo from Deborah Foster: I dreamed I was lost in a deep wilderness. It was night. There were stars, but no other light to guide me. No road and no signposts to give me direction. I was lost for a long time until I discovered I was not lost at all. I was where I was; I am where I am. To be, present, present in the immediate present, is all the direction I need. From that all else flows. (Deborah Foster.
(12-15)Photos by Gordon Lee: Hiking in the wilderness I experience the peace and beauty of God’s awe-inspiring creation. September 2020 - the Cavell Meadows Trail in Jasper National Park.
(16-19) Photos from Melanie Hackett: Navigating through the wilderness with compass and topo maps where there are no trails, no published information, and no human footprints is my most healing experience and powerful tool to face the metaphorical uncharted territory in life.
(20-25) Photos from Monica MacDonald: Every day kayaking was different, sunny and clear, some days filled with smoke, waves and wind pushed us off course.. just like in life. We had a rudder and paddle to keep us inline.. God be our rudder.