Thursday, May 13, 2010


Artist: Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337)
Image from Wikimedia Commons

Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no voice of tumult or distress, but a deep stillness--stillness, that greatest and most awful of all goods which we can fancy; that most perfect of joys, the utter profound, ineffable tranquility of the Divine Essence.

-- John Henry Newman

Think about how these words, "the very abyss of peace" are put together. What wonderful words. How full they are of both assurance and mystery.


  1. What a gobsmackingly beautiful painting. The quote is not bad either. You're right about the phrase "the abyss of peace".

  2. Now I look at the painting again I've remembered I have a book on Giotto somewhere, where is it? ...


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