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EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF LONG ISLAND
WELCOME . . . spring/summer is in the air!
BUTTERFLIES . . . life, rebirth, freedom
STEWARDSHIP . . . for what are we grateful?
What is the best gift you have ever received?
The theme and image for Every Perfect Gift are wrapped in the metaphor of the butterfly and chrysalis. Of all the metaphors of gift that could be used, why did we decide on this one?
To the ancient Greeks, the butterfly represented the image of rebirth and freedom. The word they used for butterfly was psyche, and if you are thinking that sounds familiar, you are correct! It also means spirit. The humble and beautiful butterfly contains the philosophical and spiritual idea of the soul breaking free from its shell — free to discover, to inspire, to create, to communicate, to share.
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