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Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (3): Seeing and Being Seen

While looking at Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière, one can imagine her looking right back. I wonder what Mary’s eyes might say to me if we could meet face to face. 117 more words


Thursday Doors: Chartres

There’s more than one way to look at a door, as this image illustrates. This is one of the massive doors of Chartres Cathedral – as seen by a mouse, perhaps. 31 more words


Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (2): Iconic Love

Icons, created in prayer, connect us with Transformative Love. Medieval images crafted from stained glass can do the same. Coming face to face with Our Beautiful Lady and her Son, I feel loved–and I feel love. 110 more words


Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière (1): Beauty

How do we recognize beauty? When I look at Our Lady of the Beautiful Window with Jesus on her lap, I feel a tenderness inside. That softness announces beauty’s presence. 115 more words


Praying with the South Rose (12): The Worshipping Elders

Singing praise and bringing the prayers of God’s people to God, these are not the “jobs” that I would expect the twenty-four rulers closest to Christ to have. 331 more words


Praying with the South Rose (11): Matthew, the Gospel Writer

The gospel (book) that Matthew wrote is the focal point of this image. Contemplating its open pages, I become aware of a deep longing to make God’s story available to a world that very much needs it. 233 more words


Praying with the South Rose (10): Mark, the Gospel Writer

The lion is a symbol of strength, courage, dignity–even royalty. Mark, whose symbol is the lion, in part because of his emphasis on Jesus’ kingship, portrays Christ’s royal strength as power to do God’s will. 330 more words