The Fullness of Faith


Sometimes my heart is simply full with the glory, the splendor the majesty, the fullness of the Catholic faith.

I can’t express it, but this doorway at Chartres speaks for me. I wish I could place it before you life sized–in the fullness of its position as part of the whole cathedral, but here it is.

Christ in glory, supported and surrounded by the gospels, the apostles and prophets and the whole company of heaven.

If you could spend one hour sitting before this work of art in the little town of Chartres you might, maybe just maybe catch what I am trying to express…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00997766157711823147 the owl of the remove

    Shameless commercial for your upcoming pilgrimage!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Well now, you may not believe me, but I hadn’t thought of that connection when I posted….but now that you say it…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    To start, let’s notice the Angel, Bull, Lion & Eagle around Jesus, representing Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    Something I remember only about Chartres is that you can see the church from miles away over fields. The view gave me sense of how it must’ve looked to a pilgrin 800 years ago, and how in those days man’s greatest structures were built to glorify God.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    in every age men build great temples for their gods. Just look at any societies great buildings. Where is the marble, the art, the fine workmanship, the vision of beauty and power and majesty in our society? Skyscrapers: usually banks and insurance companies mostly..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06624317806947588259 Rachel Gray

    I get all choked up about the Church too sometimes. In a way I’m glad I’m a convert and can remember when I didn’t have the Sacraments, the communion of saints, the Mass, and all the glorious history of Christianity. Wow, is it amazing. When I was converting I kept saying, “God, I didn’t know there was all *this* out there!” :)

  • bernadette

    Second best option though, is to read Letter 12 of George Weigel’s “Letters to a young Catholic” – it transports you to Chartres Cathedral: what beauty teaches us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05127202199834183627 Liz

    Yesterday at the Feast of the Immaculate Conception once again the richness of the Church simply overwhelmed me. I feel as if instead of the Wonder Bread of my Protestant upbringing that I am now feeding on plum cake (I believe it was in The Magicians Nephew that Lewis used the term rich as plum cake and it seems like an apt one).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17308257996690176244 Adrianis

    don’t forget that it was not the Christians who started construction on the Chartres cathedral. It was the druids. Their original intentions are not only in the stained glass but it also mason marks in the brick lay. It was only until later that Chartres cathedral became a Catholic Cathedral. Do not forget also the struggle at the time for Christian followers to create the biggest, baddest cathedral ever.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17308257996690176244 Adrianis

    don’t forget that it was not the Christians who started construction on the Chartres cathedral. It was the druids. Their original intentions are not only in the stained glass but it also mason marks in the brick lay. It was only until later that Chatres cathedral became a Catholic Cathedral. Do not forget also the struggle at the time for Christian followers to create the biggest, badest cathedral ever.


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