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Heaven In Stone and Glass

August 01, 2000
Length: 126
Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Publish Date: August 2000



Bishop Robert Barron has written a deeply personal and deeply engaging guide to experiencing the spirituality of the Gothic cathedrals.   Like a mystical tome waiting to be deciphered, a cathedral holds many secrets about Christ, the Christian life and the soul’s yearning for God.  This book is not a scholarly treatment but rather a kind of staged walk around the cathedral with the reader, drawing spiritual sustenance from the features of the building, such as stillness from the rose window and a sense of the inhabited cosmos from the architectural details.

“If we are to appreciate the great cathedrals, we must move into the medieval mind.  And this means that we must become comfortable with a relentlessly symbolic imagination.”  
— Fr. Barron, from the Introduction of Heaven in Stone and Glass

Table of Contents

1. Notre Dame
2. Light and Darkness
3. Rose Windows
4.  Crucifromity
5. Cosmic Consciousness
6. The Last Judgment
7. Our Jewish Origins
8. The Crypt
9. Verticality
10. Gargoyles
11. The Labyrinth
12.  Sacred Geometry
13. Virtues and Vices
14. The Heavenly Liturgy
15. Concluding Meditation