Lectio Divina: Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, Contemplatio, Actio

Book, 2023, 86 pp
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Judith Rempel Smucker writes, "As a graphic designer, I am always drawn to word and image juxtapositions. This collection emerges from a season of personal loss and grief, at times so raw and depleting that I only had the capacity to cling to one word at a time, seeking hope in that word.

Sometimes referred to as Lectio Divina (divine reading in Latin), dwelling with scripture in this way offered a place to sit, listen and be open to the silence. It became a profound comfort and source of restoration in the wee hours of the morning.

The photographs are everyday images, random documentations of my whereabouts over recent years, whose moments and textures celebrate artful abstraction.

The text is set in a solid block without verse or paragraph breaks, evoking a sense of continuous chant.

The sum of 40 days is where I have paused to catch my breath on the continuum, be it a walk in the desert, a succession of days and nights, or treading water during a flood."

Winnipeg Free Press review, February 11, 2023, by John Longhurst.

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