Robert Barron: Heaven in Stone and Glass Experiencing the Spirituality of the Gothic Cathedrals

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Inspirational and big pieces of this may ave found their way into is book Catholicism Definitely worth reading How do we read a building a cathedral specifically Bishop Robert Barron expounds on ow the Medieval mind saw things it saw everything as interrelatedness it knew ow parts and wholes relate That interrelatedness by the way is a good reason to read Pope Francis s recent encyclical Laudato Si But I digressEssentially a series of spiritual theological and intellectual meditations on the various parts of a Gothic cathedral this book is easily a multi part extended essay on the Catholic interior life and the Catholic way of seeing the world manifested as sermons in stone and glass. Imagery of vertical space whether you are preparing for a pilgrimage to York Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris or looking ahead to inspirational bedside reading this book is the perfect guide.

It is brief yet fascinating so much wisdom istory art and mystery is incrusted in these cathedrals I especially enjoyed the last chapter were the author makes the mass come alive inside the Cathedral If the Cathedral is a body then the liturgy both celestial and earthly is its soul Just beautiful Robert Barron is now an auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles He was a professor of Theology for many years I was impressed with Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, his clarity of expression and modern approach to aspects of art related to Cathedrals He talks about the Jewish Origins of Cathedrals as well as Christianity and makes particular critical note of the supersessionist theology and the Marcioniteeresy which wrongly tries to. Like a mystical tome awaiting to be deciphered a Gothic cathedral olds many secrets about the soul's yearning for God In Heaven in Stone and Glass Catholic priest and professor of theology

Smear any rightness to the biblical theology in the Jewish Bible The fact that images of Moses and other Biblical characters were put in the Cathedrals was both testimony to the debt that Christianity and Catholicism owed to Judaism but is also shameful considering the ugly and antisemitic actions and ideas that were fostered by the clergy themselves and A brief overview explaining the symbolism of the elements incorporated in cathedral design That makes it sound dry and it isn t Bishop Barron pulls us into the medieval mindset and uses that as a launching pad to make us open our eyes and take a look at the symbolism or lack thereof in our own churches and lives It is both informative and. T Mundelein Seminary in Chicago teaches us ow to read these secrets with beautiful reflections on aspects such as light and darkness the labyrinth the meaning of gargoyles and demons and the.

wwwWordOnFireorgBishop Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM a groundbreaking ten part documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith He is a passionate student of art architecture music and history which he calls upon throughout his global travels in the making of the documentaryWord On Fire programs are broadcast regularly on WGN America Relevant Radio CatholicTV EWTN the popular Word on Fire YouTube Channel and the Word on Fire website which offers daily blogs articles commentaries and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts In 2010 Father Barron was the first priest to have a national show on a secular television network since the 1950s Fr Barron received his Masters Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1982 and his doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholiue in 1992 He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has been a professor of systematic theology at the nation's largest Catholic seminary the University of St Mary of the LakeMundelein Seminary since 1992 He was visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002 and at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Auinas in 2007 He was also twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the VaticanIn addition Fr Barron lectures extensively in the United States and abroad Cardinal Francis George calls Fr Barron “one of the Church’s best messengersFr Barron was baptized at ueen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago and grew up at St John of the Cross parish in Western Springs IllinoisWordOnFireorg Fr Barron's website launched in 1999 and currently draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent Fr Barron posts weekly video clips commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies Podcasts of his sermons are widely used by tens of thousands of visitors each month TV EWTN The Eternal Word Television Network and CatholicTV broadcasts Fr Barron's DVDs to a worldwide audience of over 150 million peopleRadio Since 1999 Fr Barron's weekly Word on Fire program has been broadcast in Chicago WGN and throughout the country Relevant Radio 950 AM Chicago to 28 million listeners in 17 states Fr Barron also is a regular commentator on the Busted Halo Show on the Sirius satellite radio network based in New YorkDVDs Fr Barron's DVDs are used as powerful faith formation tools in universities schools churches and homes around the country The series includes Seven Deadly Sins Seven Lively Virtues; Faith Clips; Conversion Following the Call of Christ; and Untold Blessing Three Paths to HolinessYouTube With over 180 online video commentaries by Fr Barron over 1 million viewers worldwide have made him the most popular of any evangelist on YouTube These freuent high uality productions include brief and lively theological reviews of contemporary culture including movies such as No Country for Old Men Apocalypto and The Departed a three part critical review of Christopher Hitchen's book God is Not Great The Discovery Channel's The Jesus Tomb the HBO series The Sopranos Rome and Missions MISSION CHICAGO features evangelization lectures by Fr Barron at the behest of Cardinal George These special missions and presentations throughout the Archdiocese are centered in downtown Chicago and attract business civic and cultural leadersBooks His numerous books and essays serve as critical educational and inspirational tools for seminarians priests parishioners and young people worldwide His published works are also central to the numerous retreats workshop and talks that h