religious art, liturgical art, and church photography from S. Smith Photography

The beauty and intimacy of light

St. Joseph Shrine at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Chicago, Illinois

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, a trend I would like to reverse.  I had to post this picture from a tour of the stained glass window pieces found in St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Edgewater in Chicago, Illinois.  The lighting on this shrine is so intimate and beautiful, I had to share it.  I especially like the tender embrace of the Christ Child by St. Joseph, and the humility in his clutching the small bouquet of lilies.  It seems to me that this is a masterwork of showing how chastity (his tender and unassuming embrace of the lilies) and charity (his strong and intimate embrace of the Christ Child) can be lived, and in this image depicted, with humility and intimacy.

St. Joseph, pray for us, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!


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