Practically from the beginning of its history, the Church has used architecture and the visual arts to express its life, investing thought, creative energies and resources. The reasons for this choice are theological and pastoral, but also anthropological: human beings want to ‘see’, are frustrated if they cannot see, define ‘seeing’ as understanding (as when, grasping a point, we say: “I see”), and desire above all things to see the God who, invisible in himself, became visible in Jesus Christ. Indeed, Christians define their eternal vocation as a “beatific vision”, a serene contemplation of God which makes us completely happy.
Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Canon of the Cathedral of Florence, Director of the Cathedral Museum and Academic Director of the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality in Barga will develop these themes in eight reflections with images at the Community of Jesus’ monastery in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Christ and the Church, Christ and Art
The Bible of the Illiterate
A Language of Signs
The Woman Clothed in the Sun
Prayer and Art
The City of God