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Art, which is dedicated to the beautiful, is therefore a special path to the whole and to God. What cannot be said in words or expressed in thought is brought to light in art. It is "a freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches" (CCC 2501). In a way that closely approximates God's creativity, inspiration and human skill are combined in the artist so as to give a valid form to something new, a previously unseen aspect of reality. Art is not an end in itself. It should uplift people, move them, improve them, and ultimately lead them to worship and thank God. (YOUCAT 460-461)
If you are a dreamer, come in!
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer,
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire!
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Invitation, by Shel Silverstein
Welcome to my site! Come in! Come in! I started this spot on the internet to be a happy landing place to nurture and develop a Catholic imagination. This website works like a blog but is set up on a website, mostly because I like to be able to find things and dislike Archives. My hope for this site is to engage, explore and encourage those who ponder and daydream into talking about the deeper level of meaning in what we see in much of the created (whether spoken or crafted) world around us.
What do I mean by a "Catholic Imagination?"
Incarnational and Inculturational
"Inculturation is one aspect of the great mystery of the Incarnation. We are called to bring the power of the gospel into the very heart of culture and cultures…helping them to bring forth from their own living tradition original expressions of Christian life, celebration and thought." from On Catechesis in Our Time by St. John Paul II. Need I saw more? That about sums it up.
Creative and Disciplined
Ideas and possibilities galore, but at the same time trained, limited and formed by practice, prayer, sacrifice and intentionality.
Inspirational and Invitational
Always inviting us to come up higher, think more deeply, to walk more humbly, act more justly and love more tenderly.
Why "The Strawberry Vine?"
Strawberries represent a paradox. They bear both flowers and strawberries at the same time. Strawberries are a traditional symbol of Mary, Mother of God, and were often woven into tapestries in the Middle Ages as a reference to her virginity and her motherhood. The strawberry represents the ability to be adult, to bear fruit physically, emotionally and spiritually, yet retain childlike wonder and innocence. To be "grown up," to have a certain level of maturity, yet with the recognition that you have not fully arrived, that "there are many more miles before I rest." To be still be open to learning, becoming, growing and changing.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit."
The Strawberry Vine is written by me, Sarah Pedrozo. I've worked in church ministry for the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Austin for the last decade. My focus has been on Family Faith Formation and Women's Ministries.
I love to read and learn, which is why I kept going to school until I had a B.A. and an M.A. in Linguistics and Literature, both of which focused on fairy and folk tales, and an M.A. in Theology. Who knows? Maybe more school will be calling one day in the future!
I also enjoy writing, and have been published a few times in Catholic magazines. My favorite topics to talk about are the Catholic faith, folk tales, fairy tales and the deeper meaning of the stories and symbols around us. The magic of ordinary days, the importance of relationships and the richness of life available to us.
I'm also currently a consultant for RCL Benziger (www.rclbenziger.com),
one of the oldest Catholic publishing companies, who sponsor me to travel to conferences and teach parents, DREs, and catechists about Family Faith Formation.