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.”
May I follow Père Manuel’s example, serving Christ faithfully day by day and year by year.
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)
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.
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.
Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?