Who is this woman? What does she represent? One author suggests she symbolizes the love of God, standing on roses as she is. A more trusted scholar says she is Beauty personified. As I look into her face, consider the roses on her shield, and contemplate the buds below her feet, I wonder, “What is God’s beauty in me?”
For the beauty to bloom like a rose, I pray.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
What are some of your strongest experiences that connected you with God’s beauty? Can you find God’s beauty inside? As you remember and consider, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination for this Lenten season? Pray them now.
Statues related to the virtues and the vices on the outer arch of the East bay of the North porch at the Chartres Cathedral. The statue that may represent Beauty is on the bottom left.
Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?