Father Mike Fones has a delightful reflection on the LA Cathedral at Intentional Disciples. Especially striking for him were the tapestries of the Communion of Saints. It made me wonder if, once people have finished bashing other parishes for self-worship, they happily seat themselves at their churches and allow the saints to worship them?
I would have thought the lack of direct eye contact from them would have made them seem somehow detached from us. But these saints, blesseds, and anonymous holy people are so beautiful, I cried, and at first I couldn’t imagine why.
Was it an accident? Not according to the cathedral website:
All the figures direct our eyes to the light of the great Cross-window above the Altar where the Eucharist is celebrated.
But let’s take some perspective. Traditionalist Catholics should no more start replacing their windows and statuary than other Catholics need to tear pages out of hymnals. But it should give anyone pause before drumming up the tired accusations of self-worship.
Ask any saint, living or dead, what they would prefer: a focus on the altar in a place of worship, or a kindly gaze on those Christians who really know how to love one another?