When looking at the south rose window, do you see the glass or the tracery? Focusing on both at the same time is possible. We need to gaze at all of reality if we are going to understand what is needed–in our lives, relationships, societies, and world. I want to see what there is to see–all of it.
For the courage and perseverance to learn a new way of looking and living, I pray.
Get wisdom; get insight… Do not forsake wisdom, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. Proverbs 4:5-6 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
Gaze at the south rose window, holding your vision steady on both the tracery and the glass. How does this feel? What are you perceiving? What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: The south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other Posts in this series on Praying with the South Rose at the Chartres Cathedral:
(1) Meeting the Stained Glass Window
(2) The Center
(3) Symbols that still speak to us
(4) Censing angels
(5) The Eagle representing the gospel writer John
(6) What is neeeded now
(7) Praying for those who suffer