“Lux umbra dei”

Main dome of Hagia Sophia with first lines of the Verse of Light
God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is a niche, wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as a shining star kindled from a blessed olive tree, neither of the East nor of the West. Its oil would well-nigh shine forth, even if no fire had touched it. Light upon light. …”
Quran 24:35

Going through the mail that has been piling up for the past several weeks; skimmed through a publisher’s catalog (Paulist Press), and ran across the description of Home by Another Route: A Journal of Art, Music and Faith, by Charles Scribner, III; in the course of this, was introduced to the Latin proverb – evidently, ancient – “lux umbra dei”: “light is the shadow of God.”

It’s a breathtaking thought.

For one thing, someone with this in mind would only forget the presence of God about as often as they forget the presence of light.

One response to ““Lux umbra dei””

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: