Creativity and spirituality are a part of every person's life
The following is part of a talk given by Helen Kluke CSJ, pictured right, at the opening ceremony of the Calligraphy and Art Exhibition on Aug. 21, 2010. Katherina Kwan’s calligraphy and Yvonne Chen’s art were on display, and Katherina had asked Sr. Helen, among others, to make a few opening remarks.
Katherina, I would like to take this time to thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey, and for inviting me to share this celebration of calligraphy, art and spirituality with you and your friends.
Today we were asked to share our spiritual journey, which was enriched and strengthened with creativity. When I think about this, two images surface: a woman pregnant with new life and a garden sown with seeds.
The seeds in both the woman and the garden symbolize the spirituality each of us received at birth. The health and growth of this seed is affected by both internal and external factors.
Let me share some personal examples of seeds planted in me. Going to church with my family as a very young child each Sunday is imprinted in my memory. Entering the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph brought about another major change to my spiritual journey: daily mass, prayers, spiritual reading, lectures, silence, meditation and personal time before the blessed Sacrament.
It's important for each of us to stop and reflect on our journey — to realize that God is present in many different ways and nourishes our spiritual growth in ways we could never imagine.
About 10 years ago, I prepared a workshop on "The Journey of the Clay and our Personal Spiritual Journey." It was at one of these sessions that Katerina discovered another way to pray — not only with clay, which she already knew — but with another art form which brought her inner peace and a yearning to search for God's presence: calligraphy.
Creativity and spirituality are a part of every person's life. The gift and challenge is to find the source that ignites the inner flame — which is our search for Divine Mystery.
Today Katerina and Yvonne have displayed in this exhibit what it means to nurture the seeds given at birth and to be attentive to new fertilizers that bring about abundant growth.