May 30: Stained Glass Spirituality

When syndicated Catholic News Service columnist Christina Capecchi took a sabbatical from checking or posting on the social media site Twitter, she had more time to work on writing and poetry.  She also enrolled in a class that taught her how to make stained-glass windows.  What began as a lesson in “artistry,” however, soon turned into one of deep spirituality.

When Capecchi cut on the wrong side of the glass, she told her teacher she thought she “made a mistake.” His surprising answer: “We don’t say that in art.”

To Capecchi’s amazement, all the perfect and imperfect pieces of glass wound up complementing each other flawlessly.  From this lesson, Capecchi concluded that we as Christians form the broken pieces that God transforms into art—and His “sunlight…makes our stained glass radiate.”

Don’t fret over shattered pieces in your life.  Instead, trust in God to make them beautiful.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  (Psalms 51:10)

Lord, may Your spirit shine through even the darkest corners of our lives.

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