The lure of the ocean

I find myself drawn to photograph water more and more. Perhaps it’s because I live near the ocean, and I see water almost every day. I’m drawn by the immensity, the movement, the power, and the mystery.


The moods of water range from calm to destructive. Floods, tidal waves, and mudslides bring hardship and destruction for many, yet water also transports our needs as well as ourselves. Ships offer us the opportunity to let the oceans carry us to our destinations, and oceans and rivers provide us with various recreational and sporting activities. Many of our ancestors reached their new country over water. Water is essential to our survival. In fact 50-75% of each human body is made up of water, and we can’t survive more than a few days without it.


In Christianity water is a powerful symbol of new life and is the key symbol in the sacrament of Baptism.  Jesus invites us to seek living water, which nourishes us for eternal life. Each of us has a built-in compass which points our life in the right direction, by which the Spirit of God draws us to do what is right and good and strengthens us to endure whatever hardships come our way. The living water of God’s Spirit will refresh us on our journey.


“Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)



2 thoughts on “The lure of the ocean

  1. Fr. Ron, I was on an 8-day directed retreat in June at Eastern Point, and spent many an hour gazing at the ocean journalling and in prayer. Thank you for these photos which have brought me back to the insights I received then.


    1. Fred, Eastern Point is indeed a special place where I have directed on numerous occasions as well as made my own retreat. I always enjoy returning.


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