Updated: Mar 25, 2020
I arrived on Enders Island about two months ago, now. After having been visiting the island for many years prior, I have never actually resided here, and now I have been so blessed. The natural beauty of the island is something that I never tire of, but it’s something that I’ve experienced in its fullness as a guest. However, what I’ve come to appreciate even more than that, and what can really only be seen when fully immersed, is the beauty of the people and the relationships developed and nurtured here. This is the real impetus for my wanting to share my experiences here. The people…the love…the friendship…is the real beauty of Enders Island.
I recently shot this photo of the sunrise right behind the chapel here on the island. Each day, we’re given a new sunrise to remind us that each day is a new beginning. The day before doesn’t matter anymore. Enders has some very exciting new beginnings of its own. We have recently begun the work of reviving the former St. Michael’s Institute of Sacred Art and have added several new classes with some very dynamic instructors.
In a world where exploitation and violence are ubiquitous, whether you’re watching the news, a movie or a computer screen, the work done in the field of sacred art, both here and throughout the world, is of ever-growing importance. It is the calling of the sacred artist and musician to bring to the world the Truth, Beauty and Love which is God and His Son and Holy Spirit in the form of image and sound. Let it be our prayer that these images of Love will replace the images that debase man’s dignity and have saturated the post-modern imagination and that those struggling with those false idols will find some respite in both the beauty of the art and the Love it represents.