Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2:03 PM
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Nave Window 6

The Twelfth Ecumenical Council, known as the Fourth Lateran Council, held at Rome under Pope Innocent III in 1215.  The Latin phrase, taken from one of the Council decrees, "spiritualem et corporalem condidit creaturam" (He created spiritual and corporeal beings), points to an important definition of the Council.

The Albigensian heresy, then flourishing, taught that there were two gods: the good God Who created the spiritual world and was manifested in the New Testament and the bad god who created material things and was manifested in the Old Testament.

Everything corporeal was bad and was created by the bad god.

Our window design represents the Blessed Trinity (the one true God) as creating the spiritual (represented by the flames) and the material (plants, animals, human bodies.)  The hand of the father is shown descending and creating the world.  The world is represented in the form of a heart to underline the love of God in creating.  God's loving design in creating interinvolves the spiritual with the crucifixion of Christ, by which man became partaker of the supernatural life of the spirit.

The Council ordained the once-a -year Confession and Communion for Catholics.  Thus there is depicted the Hand of Christ raised in absolution.  The hand is placed in a host and chalice to indicate Holy Communion, and to bring out again how wonderfully God uses material things for the welfare of the spirit in man.

In the upper part of the design, the crusades to recover the Holy Land-which received impetus from this Council- are represented by a flaming banner and swords.

At the bottom of the window we see St. Francis of Assisi.  His rule was approved by Pope Innocent III at this Council, and St. Francis is, as all know, an outstanding example of the appreciation of God's material creation (animals, birds, flowers etc.)