The Western Discomfort with Darkness and Mystery

June 3, 2014

Dana Reynolds, author of the Sacred Illuminations blog on Patheos recently led a pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral.  She writes that since her last visit, the cathedral had undergone certain renovations that left her disappointed.

“What was once darkly covered by a veil of mystery and antiquity, is now naked, pristine, and shiny clean. Most people find the restoration refreshing and beautiful. However, this pilgrim experienced deep grief as I witnessed that many of the ancient stone pillars previously energetically charged with stories, prayers, and petitions are now plastered over. The mystery held within and on the surfaces of the mottled, chiseled, and worn monoliths has been erased.”

Read more here.

posted by Marg Herder


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