Who Am I? (The Virtues and the Vices: 1)

What helps us consider who we are and who we want to become? Many medieval buildings and manuscripts showed the virtues and vices for this purpose. During this Lenten season of reflection, I am hoping these images of the best and worst of human potential will lead me more deeply into God’s love for me–and my love for God.

Virtues and Vices, North Porch Chartres by Jill K H Geoffrion
Women depicting the virtues and vices are shown on the outer row

My Prayer:

Using the words of Francis of Assisi I pray with longing for deeper understanding, “Who are you, God? And who am I?”

Liberty, North Porch by Jill K H Geoffrion

Scriptural Touchstones: 

…salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day… Put on the Lord Jesus Christ… Romans 13:11-14 (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

Can you connect with your longing for God’s love? If not, pray for this desire. If so, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination for this Lenten season? Pray them now.


Virtures and Vices South Porch by Jill K H Geoffrion

Statues representing the virtues and the vices on the north and south porches of the Chartres Cathedral.

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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