Thirty-Sixth Meditation

(Ascent of Mount Carmel, book III: chapter 34-37)

"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." (74)

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 form --
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