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A traveler in thirteenth-century France met three men pushing wheelbarrows along the road. He asked them what manner of work they were doing and received the following three answers: The first said, “I toil from sunup to sundown and all I get for my pains is a few pennies each day.” The second said, “I am glad enough to push this barrow for I have been long out of work and have a family to feed.” The third said, “I am building the cathedral of Chartres!” 13 more words


Easter Vigil in the Chartres Cathedral

Remembering the Easter Vigil in the Chartres Cathedral brings into focus the beauty of the cathedral, liturgy, and faith. As you pray with these images, may God manifest in you the light and hope that you desire.


The 13th Century Tabernacle At Chartres

The tabernacle used during  the Maundy Thursday watch-night service in the crypt of the Chartres Cathedral was made during  the early 13th century artisans in Limoges, France. 123 more words


Palm Sunday in Chartres, France

Palm Sunday is long past, but contemplating images from the day’s celebration by the faithful in Chartres always brings inspiration.

The New Testament story from John 12:12-16 (NRSV) 157 more words


Pilgrim's Reward

When I reached the top of the cathedrals in Chartres and Strasbourg, gorgeous, expansive views awaited.  But in each place, it wasn’t just the long distance vision that greeted me, but deeper revelations which wouldn’t have been so clear from the ground. 173 more words


Spiritualising the human form in the Middle Ages

Yesterday I took advantage of free museum day in Paris to make my third trip to the Musée nationale du Moyen-Age (aka Musée de Cluny). Some items not previously viewed were on display, sometimes because they’ve redone some displays, sometimes because I may not have paid enough attention in previous visits. 696 more words

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Courage and Pilgrimage

Over the last few weeks, I did a lot of stair-climbing.  It wasn’t just at our walk-up rental in Paris, but in museums, castles, cathedrals, old hilly towns, terraced gardens (aren’t you sympathetic for my knees?  439 more words