Surprised by joy

Often when I head out with my camera, I don’t have something specific in mind to photograph. I will walk and see what presents itself. Frequently I photograph something I hadn’t originally intended or didn’t even know would be present to me. Sometimes my best photo of the day is something other than what I originally set out to photograph.

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St. Ignatius talks about consolation without prior cause, that is, a joy that simply comes over us without an apparent cause, as when we’re just walking along and feel a sense of joy and well-being, of being connected with creation, happy just to be alive and moving and a part of it all. Such consolation comes from the working of God’s Spirit in us, inviting us to a share of God’s delight in creation.

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“Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.” (Henri Nouwen)

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On a recent unusually warm day for February I went for a walk along the sea shore, not expecting to see more than other walkers taking advantage of the balmy day. To my surprise, there were a number of kite surfers out on the water, and I got some wonderful images of them hurtling over the waves powered by the wind and their kites.

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On another occasion, on a much colder day, I walked along the Charles River, expecting to see an icy river devoid of any activity. I was pleasantly surprised to see many ducks paddling along the river bank, and again I came away with some nice images.

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Occasionally one of my cactus plants sends up a flower, which is always a nice thing to see, when nature outside is not yet in flower mode.

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Here are some other sights I happened upon in an unplanned manner.

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In this season of Lent, as we contemplate the end of Jesus’ earthly journey, be prepared to be surprised by joy.

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“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (I Cor 2:9)

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