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A Different Type of Pilgrimage

November 5, 2013

I have a call to paint Holy Mother Icons.

I have started a different type of Pilgrimage. I paint in places with lot of prayers.

I got an instruction to visit The convent of the Bridgettine sisters in Djursholm this week.

I’ll paint a special Icon inspired by the convent and sisters I meet.

Today I was sitting in their chapel and painting while the door behind me opened.

Someone brought in a nun sitting in a wheelchair.

She was old and seemed to be shy.

She was left just behind me.

We didn’t share any common language – I think she was Italian – but, I found a connection with her.

Her fragile presence aroused several questions in my mind:

she was far away from her home country – did she feel home in this convent?

Serving God for a lifetime – has it been a good life?

I saw that she was in pain.

Still, she was sitting there, quietly,

just waiting – perhaps praying.

I showed my painting for her couple of times, that she could see the painting process

– and perchance give her something else to think about.

… I wonder if I’m going to meet her tomorrow?


Susan Boyle

The convent of the Bridgettine sisters in Djursholm




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