Gazing at Those Pictures

Stations of the Cross stained glass
Ginny Kubitz Moyer, author of Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses, remembers the Stations of the Cross at her childhood church.

I spent a lot of time gazing at those pictures. I gazed at them during Mass with my family on the weekends and studied them at Mass with my classmates on First Fridays. Now, more than thirty years later, they are stored in my memory like old slides in a carousel: every now and then I retrieve them, fire up the mental projector, and review them on the screen of my mind. Even without consciously thinking of them, those scenes are there, a part of the foundation of faith on which my adult spirituality has been built.
Those pictures are proof that if you give a child something beautiful and evocative to look at in church, you are feeding their faith in a way that words can never do.

Read Moyer’s complete piece, “Nancy Drew and the Stations of the Cross: How Art Feeds Kids’ Faith” at Patheos. For more on the intersection of Arts & Faith, see the series of that name from Loyola Press.

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