The Look

6 years ago with 34 comments in Uncategorized
Is there anything more beautiful than the human face? Beautiful because it manifests the mystery of incarnation: meat made more than meat, flesh quickened by spirit, the breath of God made visible; the way the wind is made visible when it moves the trees. Faces show love, show what it looks like, a visible image of the invisible. Think of Jesus’ face in Mark 10:21: “Jesus looked ...

The Light of Your Face

7 years ago with 21 comments in Uncategorized
Have you seen this man? His name is Charles de Foucauld, and that is nearly all I know about him.1 Except what is visible in his face, which I will not try to put into words. My mother says that when she saw the picture some years ago, her first thought was: “How did they take a photograph of Jesus?” It’s clearly Him. This is what Hopkins meant, or part of it, when he said ...