Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sheltering Arms

Beauty and art abound in each church I visit here in France. Stained glass windows, paintings, stone and wood carvings, gilded altars and icons, and statues adorn every church. I've been startled by military images that seem incongruous in a church. I've been intrigued by saints unknown to me. I've given thanks by lighting a candle to St. Therese, the Little Flower. I've been stunned by the colors of the rainbow and amazed to see famous artists like Delacroix represented with huge oil paintings of Bible stories. Nothing has quite moved me, though, like this statue in the St. Michael church in Cassis. This simple, tonsured monk holding a precious child brought me to tears. It speaks to me of love and of those sheltering arms of God.

Are you a gospel music fan like I am? Click here for a YouTube video of "Lord, Send Your Angels." Sheltering arms of God for a Sunday morning from France.

1 comment:

  1. It is a lovely statue. It has a warmth and compassion that religious statuary sometimes lacks.