Each Saturday and Tuesday during Lent, the devotion will consist of visual or musical works of art for you to contemplate.  There might be a brief quote or statement for you to consider as you view/listen to the material; there may be notes from or about the artist or work.  We hope you will find meaning in these pieces during your lenten journey.

If Christian acts of charity are to be sustained, the contemplative life must also be nourished.  What we do flows naturally from who we are.

Title:Colored light bathes the interior of Saint-Julien in Brioude, France. Date:1075-1125 Building:Saint-Julien de Brioude Location:Brioude, France

Title: Colored light bathes the interior of Saint-Julien in Brioude, France.
Date: 1075-1125
Building: Saint-Julien de Brioude
Location: Brioude, France

Notes:  This sizeable French Romanesque church, dating from the late 11th century, was a regular stop on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In this week’s reading from John 9:1-41, Jesus refers to himself as “the light of the world.” One of the important French theologians of the 12th century, Hugh of St. Victor, speaks about the importance of light in the understanding of God and in the understanding of its presence in the new building style that bathed church interiors with light:

“Gazing upon the beauty of the Father we are refashioned, that is, reformed again, that is, converted to it by being led back…into the simplicity of its ray. For this reason the one light pours itself out to many lights, in order that, having been illuminated, the many lights might be reformed according to that one light, so that the many…might all appear as one in its form.”

Attribution: Colored light bathes the interior of Saint-Julien in Brioude, France, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=47117 [retrieved March 22, 2014].