Who Am I (5)? Joyful (In the Deepest Sense of the Word)

Today in Chartres we are saying our final goodbyes to a Père Manuel, a priest who served faithfully for sixty-five years. His dedication, ability to observe everything, and devotion to Mary brought him much joy. Yet I believe his joy is even greater now. That is the message of today’s statue of “Heavenly Joy.”

Heavenly Joy, North Porch by Jill Geoffrion

My Prayer:

Pere Manuel by Jill K H GeoffrionMay I follow Père Manuel’s example, serving Christ faithfully day by day and year by year.

Scriptural Touchstone: 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,  2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)

Heavenly Joy, North Porch by Jill Geoffrion

Invitation To Pray:

Who inspires you to follow Christ more fully? Give thanks. Now, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Watching and praying with Père Manuel's body by Jill K H Geoffrion
Père Manuel’s casket in the Pilier Chapel at Chartres


Heavenly Joy (1194-1230), the fourth statue from the bottom of the outer arch of the east bay of the north porch at Chartres Cathedral.

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

Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?

Who Am I? (The Virtues and the Vices: 1)
Who Am I? (2) Beautiful
Who Am I? (3) Free!
Who Am I? (4) Honorable

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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