It's been art and history week for me, in beautiful settings: A stroll through Historic Woodlawn Cemetery; a Sylvania Historical Society lecture on the Ward M. Canaday Archives at the University of Toledo, our collector's corner for history; and then a powerpoint presentation by Sister Ann Carmen Barone about the fabulous art of the Lourdes college campus created by the Franciscan Sisters, my favorite group of nuns on earth. What a cultural feast! Where am I?
|Franciscan Center, side tiled panels.|
But Sister Adelaide’s model for the campus was not classical Greece or Rome, but a Spanish Franciscan mission in
|Mural of tiles, front of Franciscan Center.|
"This is our philosophy, the Franciscan philosophy." Above all, the Franciscan sisters believe "God is love," and that it is his love that shows in every work of art on the campus, as well as in its natural beauty.
After the virtual tour I took an actual walk around the campus. Always a pleasure. Always more to see, to feel. And after Sister Ann Carmen's talk I saw more than ever. Serenity. Beauty. Peace. Love. They filled up my senses "like a night in the forest, like a fountain in springtime." My mind wandered. The John Denver song carried me home on the wings of a dove surrounded by golden mosaics.