I’m nuts for Roman Catholic art and architecture. If you share my insanity, you will love spending time at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando.
As I examined the many sculptures, paintings, and panes of stained glass, I couldn’t help but to contemplate the stories behind the pieces and the people they represent.
Of course I enjoy the superficial beauty of each work of art it’s just the meaning behind it I find most satisfying. What I can see and touch is only a small part of what I enjoy. Roman Catholic art helps bring my faith to life by putting skin on it.
When I look at each piece I can’t help but to wonder about the artist and the many people that may have helped make it or get it to where it is now. Each of these people all the way down to caretakers and groundskeepers serve as reminders that it is possible to make the world a better place. Each person had their part in expressing something beautiful. They are all regular people just like me and you that decided to lend a hand and participate in something bigger than themselves.
When I look at Roman Catholic art I am reminded of a lot of things, including the fact that we can’t all be artists but we can still be part of a masterpiece.