Watershed Online recommends Michael Higgins'
study of Merton called Heretic Blood. He maintains that Merton
was a modern day William Blake whose life can be understood through examining
energies - Blake called them zoas - which fought viciously for dominance
in his life. Guest author John Emslie unravels the spiritual
significance of the Blakean zoas, reason and instinct, love and
wisdom that lead us to an eventual inner harmony.
Our Literature feature plunks us smack down into the strange darkness
of Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. In this retelling
of the tale, you are invited to experience the unexpected good news of
horror - The
Light Side of Darkness.
Not only does darkness have a light
side, the light often has a darkness that illuminates. Thomas Merton,
perhaps the brightest monastic "bulb" of the last century, struggled with
dark ambiguity, confusion and doubt. In A
Poem to Mount Merton Arthur Paul Patterson attempts to capture
some of Merton's strange struggle. (Quicktime
4 required for audio)
Plot reversals in books and movies have mirrored
the paradox of spring for many in our local community. The Watershed
Book Cafe features the books of 2000 that spoke most poignantly
to the members of our local Watershed community.
Our regular readers may recall that several of us from Watershed recently
visited the Jesus Through the Centuries exhibition in Edmonton,
Alberta. The curator of the Provincial Museum of Alberta, David Goa, has
own reflections on the exhibition including how the face of Christ
is found most clearly in the presence of the stranger at the juncture
of the Emmaus Road.
Movies section includes reviews of two extremely controversial
movies with religious themes: The
Rapture starring David Duchovny and Dogma
with Alanis Morrisette featured as a whimsical deity. Speaking of whimsical
figures, Lydia Penner has written a tale, The
Priceless Penny, in which an elementary teacher tips educational
values on their head and reveals the significance of classroom relationships.
And finally, here's a slide
show retrospective of images taken last year of our local Watershed
community. It's entitled Watershed Sketches: All You Need is Love.
Some images admittedly have a winter-like quality, but aren't we all on
the trail of spring's promise of renewal, both inward and outward?