Thursday, May 03, 2007

Stained Glass lets in the LIGHT of TRUTH

J.M.J. + O.B.T.
(Jesus, Mary and Joseph + the Cross + O Beata Trinitas)

LEFT: St. Jude the Apostle Church, South Holland , IL, USA. The theme of the stained glass window "He holds us in the Palm of His Hand." In the top center of the window we see a hand extended. Surrounding the hand is the universe over which He has charge...the sun on the left...the moon on the right. Above the hand is a cloud and surrounding the hand are the starts in the sky...together with round balls of varying size which symbolize the planets.

RIGHT: The Einstein Window on the right at Grace Episcopal Cathedral San Francisco, CA, USA. Abbot Suger explains the purpose of his new abbey's stained glass "to illumine men's minds so that they may travel through it to an apprehension of God's light."

Act of Thanksgiving to the Trinity
Gratiarum actio ad Trinitatem

O Eternal God! O Eternal Trinity! Through the union of Thy divine nature Thou hast made so precious the Blood of Thy only-begotten Son!

O Eternal Trinity, Thou art as deep a mystery as the sea, in whom the more I seek, the more I find; and the more I find, the more I seek. For even immersed in the depths of Thee, my soul is never satisfied, always famished and hungering for Thee, Eternal Trinity, wishing and desiring to see Thee, the True Light.

O Eternal Trinity, with the light of understanding I have tasted and seen the depths of Thy mystery and the beauty of Thy creation. In seeing myself in Thee, I have seen that I will become like Thee.

O Eternal Father, from Thy power and Thy wisdom clearly Thou hast given to me a share of that wisdom which belongs to Thine Only-begotten Son. And truly hast the Holy Spirit, who procedeth from Thee, Father and Son, given to me the desire to love Thee.

O Eternal Trinity, Thou art my maker and I am Thy creation. Illuminated by Thee, I have learned that Thou hast made me a new creation through the Blood of Thy Only-begotten Son because Thou art captivated by love at the beauty of Thy creation.

O Eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea, what greater gift could Thou givest me then Thy very Self? Thou art a fire that burns eternally yet never consumed, a fire that consumes with Thy heat my self-love. Again and again Thou art the fire who taketh away all cold heartedness and illuminateth the mind by Thy light, the light with which Thou hast made me to know Thy truth.

By this mirrored light I know Thou are the highest good, a good above all good, a fortunate good, an incomprehensible good, an unmeasurable good, a beauty above all beauty, a wisdom above all wisdom, for Thou art wisdom itself, the the food of angels, the fire of love that Thou givest to man.

- St. Catherine of Siena

"…arc lights pale and ineffectual
in the bright light of everlasting truth."
-Malcolm Muggeridge, 1968

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
See you on the High Ground!

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