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Dancing Monk Icons

Abbey of the Arts commissioned artist Marcy Hall of Rabbit Room Arts to create 42 stunning icons depicting various monks, mystics, and saints. 14 of these are specifically Irish saints.


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Clare of Assisi

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.”

Julian of Norwich

“The fullness of joy is to see God in everything.”

Abba Anthony the Great

“Always have God before your eyes.”

Nicholas Black Elk

“I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the Spirit.”

Howard Thurman

“There is something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.”

Sister Thea Bowman

“I want to live until I die.”

Benedict of Nursia

“Let our hearts overflow with the inexpressible delight of love.”

Hildegard of Bingen

“Let my soul be greening.”

Francis of Assisi

“The world is my monastery.”

Thomas Merton

“Join in the joy of the cosmic dance.”

Prophet Miriam

“All of the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.”

King David

“David danced before God with all of his might.”

Mary, Mother of God

“My soul proclaims the greatness of our God, my spirit rejoices in God.”

Amma Syncletica

“We must kindle the divine fire within ourselves.”

Dorothy Day

“Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet too.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“May what I do flow from me like a river.”

Teresa of Avila

“Allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.”

John of the Cross

“O night, thou was my guide.”

Angela of Foligno

“The world is pregnant with God.”

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel

“God will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Desmond Tutu

“We address God in the quiet of our hearts, in hymns and psalms, in dance and chant, with tears with pleas and rejoicing.”

Ignatius of Loyola

“Go set the world on fire.”

Mechthild of Magdeberg

“God wants to lead you in the heavenly dance.”

Meister Eckhart

“The light will overflow your soul and dance with radiance in your life.”

St Guinefort the Greyhound

“Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place.”

Sister Death

“Keep death daily before your eyes.”

Harriet Tubman

“God set the North Star in the heavens and meant I should be free.”

Irish Saints

Brigid of Kildare

“Christ dwells in every creature.”

Brendan, the Navigator

“Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.”

Kevin of Glendalough

“He is linked to eternal life.” 

Dearbhla of Belmullet

“She looked at the world as if for the first time.”

Colman of Kilmacduagh

“A robin sings of the beauty found in stones and thorns.”

Enda of Inismor

“Seeking the way light, water, and stone can remind of elemental things.”

Sourney of Drumacoo

“Walking the rounds, footsteps bless the ground.” 

Columcille of Iona

“Alone with none but you, my God, I journey on my way.”

Ita of Killeedy

“I thirst for divine love.”

Ciaran of Clonmacnoise

“Circle me God, keep fear without, keep joy within.”

Patrick of Armagh

“Christ within me and all around me, in everyone I meet.”

Gobnait of Ballyvourney

“Go seek the place of your resurrection.”

St. Muirgen of Lough Neagh

“They heard the celebration of angels beneath the waves.”

St Melangell of Powys

“Take the soft hare of your life into your arms.”