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December 11, 2010



Oh what a great post! I really like the idea of Quiet Days. I think all too often we gather information or attend conferences and never give ourselves the time or permission to just sit with what we have learned and allow it to become a part of our being. I am excited that they asked you to return for their overnight retreat. I can't wait to hear more about the process.


Evelyn Jackson

I'd love to learn more about the Black Madonnas. There is a pilgrimage village near me, Rocamadour, that has a Black Virgin and Child. She is very old, not all shiny like your photo. This Black Virgin especially looks after ships at sea and there are a couple of model old ships hanging in her chapel. The pilgrims who come here are supposed to climb the 287 steps to her chapel on their knees and say an "Our Father" on each step. Just thinking about it makes my knees hurt!

Evelyn Jackson

PS...here's link to the blog post I did about my visit. It was really hard to get good photos of the Black Madonna since the lighting in the church was so dim: http://evelyn-dnp.blogspot.com/2009/09/rocamadour.html


Evelyn, thank you for this link! I loved your picture. If you go back, take a tripod so that the camera can be absolutely still, and see if that helps. I had the same problem in Italy, and was too shy to use my tripod, and didn't get a single good shot. Sigh. Live and learn. Next time I'll be bold. And I've subscribed to your blog so I can read more about your life!

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