Mural Wall at St. Elizabeth Seton. By Lillian Brulc. The Healing Wall. Mother Cabrini Archangel Raphael St. Peter St. John St. Peregrine St. John Neumann Fabiola .
By Lillian Brulc
"To enter into the houseof God we must cross athreshold whichsymbolizes passing fromthe world wounded by sinto a world of new life ofwhich we are called."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
At the liturgy we confess our need for spiritual healing and ask for the prayers of all.
". . . vision of the great multitude -- from every nation, race, people and tongue, they stood beforethe throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes"
The psalms often sing of the shadow of God's wings protecting us in night and under cloud Her in the dark of starlight a night mist below the saints gently softens the broken pieces of their lives.
"Thus do I send my race, people and tongue, they stood beforeteaching forth . . . To become known afar off.Thus do I pour forthinstruction like prophecyand bestow it ongenerations to come.“(Sirach 24:30-31)
The Angel of the Resurrection indicates the empty tomb. The saints are preachers of the Resurrection, the event which is the center of our faith and the liturgy.
This mural faces the center aisle toward the race, people and tongue, they stood beforealtar, where we give thanks for Christ's deathand resurrection. Mary Magdalene approachesthe empty tomb, Francis looks up to the Cross which has become pure light. All but Francis andClare are biblical saints.
"Who are these wearing white robes? . . . These are the ones who have . . . washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:14)
The image of cloud runs through the biblical books both as symbol of God's presence and as its opposite. In this mural the saints climb themountain of God, with a mysteriousness of cloudabove them and the broken pieces of theirlives left like shadows in the clouds below.