Visions of Mary (12): Celebrating Life

I am missing Chartres Cathedral. During the ongoing pandemic, I will continue to work with the death images from the cathedral in this blog. I want to balance them with images of life, so I will be returning to the photographs from Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral as well.

My prayer
Life, may I celebrate all that I have lived and all that lives in me. Love, Jill

Scriptural Touchstone:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through the Word, and without the Word not one thing came into being. What has come into being in the Word was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:1-4 (NRSV)

Invitation to Pray:
Imagine yourself as either Mary or Jesus as s/he is shown below. Can you feel Mary’s heartbeat behind you or Jesus’s warmth in front of you? Now, connect to the sources of your life–both physical and spiritual, breathing in and out with gratitude.

These images show Jesus sitting on the lap of his mother Mary, the Seat of Wisdom, in the upper central (Eastern) window at the Chartres Cathedral in France. The photo shown at the top of the page can be found on page xxv in the Preface to Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral.

To Explore Further:

Look inside Visions of Mary (Introduction and Chapter One). Available at AmazonParaclete Press, and Barnes and Noble
Interested in buying the book in volume? Contact Sister Estelle at Paraclete Press for pricing options.
Visit Jill’s website on the Chartres Cathedral.

Posts with images shown in Visions of Mary: Art, Devotion, and Beauty at Chartres Cathedral (1) The Blue Virgin Window at Chartres; (2) Looking Towards God; (3) Notre Dame de Chartres; (4) An Angel’s Perspective; (5) Mary’s Example; (6) Questioning; (7) Really?; (8) Wrapped in Love; (9) Devotion; (10) Lifted; (11) There’s More…

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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