(Ascent of Mount Carmel, book III: chapter
"He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creation; for in him
all things were created, in heaven and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones
or dominions or principalities or authorities--all
things were created through him and for him."
Stirring The Soul
The images of paint and stone
Are gateways to spirit beyond:
They lift the soul to God alone,
Via the Saint whose form is donned.
The images themselves are dust:
Plaster and pigment pressed to shape,
Treasure subject to moth and rust --
Garments of dust and cobweb drape.
She strives to find the Saint's own
The spirit of the life he chose.
Faith and devotion, full and warm,
Can lift the soul with joy that flows.
The Saint, which images portray,
Stirs the soul more than words convey.
74. Collosians 1:15-16
(c) Paul Buis, 2003