"One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Church; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the Divine Redeemer’s Body shows no trace of his cruel sufferings."
— Pope Venerable Pius XII, Mediator Dei
Baptismal church of Saints Passion Bearers in crypt of church in honor of the icon of God’s Mother “Derzhavnaya”
A woman working on a mosaic of Mary and baby Jesus in Vatican City.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic
Imam Mosque, formerly known as Shah Mosque is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square.
just so…unbelievably gorgeous
There are no words.
Chartres Cathedral. 12th century medieval, gothic cathedral located in Chartres, France, about 80 kilometres southwest of Paris.
I wrote one of my first ever art history essays on this cathedral, back when I was 16!
"Does the endless goodness of the Son of God astonish you? Know that the All-Holy Spirit is equally anxious for the salvation of mankind; He is equally meek, gentle, long-suffering, and altogether merciful. The Holy Spirit is one of the three equal Persons of the Holy Trinity, which constitute, without confusion and without division, the unique Divine Being, three Persons in one nature.
Yet sin attracts the Holy Spirit to man! The sin which was seen by man but not committed, which he recognized and deplored - that kind of sin attracts Him! The more man contemplates his sin and the more he laments over himself, the more pleasing and accessible he is to the Holy Spirit, who like a physician approaches only those who recognize themselves as being ill. On the other hand He turns away from those who are rich in vain self-conceit. Look upon your sin, and search it out. Do not turn your eyes away from it. Deny yourself, do not over-value your soul. Give yourself up entirely to contemplation of your sin, and weep over it. Then in due time you will become conscious of your re-creation through the incomprehensible and inexplicable action of the Holy Spirit. He will come to you when you expect Him not. He will act in you when you have recognized yourself as quite unworthy of Him."