The ice in the water buckets tells me that it’s cold outside. NOAA (the government weather) was reporting, instead, 66 degrees Farhenheit. They’ve been having problems for a month or two it seems. Or maybe with Al Gore they’re trying to convince us that there’s super global warming. It’s so hot! And it’s Winter! Maybe all their weather spotters are on vacation and entered some numbers that would automatically be uploaded.
In other news, the sun is shining through the stained glass angels in the chapel of Holy Souls Hermitage. It’s been pretty cloudy lately, so that is a pleasant change.
I remember when I was a deacon and heard a sermon by the priest-celebrant on stained glass windows. The parish church had gorgeous stained glass windows from Germany from well over 100 years ago, depicting the mysteries of the faith and the examples of the great saints.
He mocked, however, those he called pious people, who see things through the rose-colored lens of stained glass windows, and said that we should all just see reality squarely in the face. I was not a little bit offended by this.
The mysteries of the faith and the encouragement of the saints are reality. What would there be apart from the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, including us? What more in-your-face-ness is there beyond the very Son of God being tortured and crucified on our behalf? Is such love some sort of un-reality, misleading, a lie? Is such love of our Lord to be damned?
When such a window in the hermitage chapel reminds me of my guardian angel who sees the Face of our Heavenly Father right now and always, I am not thereby removed from reality, but instead am invited to thank the Lord for creating reality and bringing us to Himself even after we shook our fists at Him in original sin.
His love is as real as the gaping wounds still on His risen body, His hands and feet and side, in His Sacred Heart. His love is as real as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass before which the angels are in awe.
Yes, we look to our Lord ad orientem, by way of the Sacred Mysteries, with the encouragement of the saints, and… and… with the protection and guidance and friendship of our guardian angels.