I know this quote refers to the symbolism of infamous medieval windows and walls like these:
|Abbey Church of St. Madeline, Vezelay, FR. Built in 1104 A.D.|
|Stained glass apse in the Basilica of St. Denis, Paris, FR. Built 1135ish.|
|Palmyra LDS Temple.|
Doctors of the Church? The five senses helping us understand the Word? I can see it...
And what about the walls, symbolizing the faithful, the members, united in prayer?
Absolutely, wonderfully yes.
I am loving my medieval relics class. I wriggle inside during each seminar with the inner joy of knowing I also believe, like those who lived 1,000 years ago, that Heavenly Father is available to reach and to talk to, as we come to him in certain sacred stone edifices (albeit without a lot of the complicated liturgical elements like saints and relics). I don't know if my professor is religious or not, at this point in my studies I simply assume my professors are agnostic and work backwards from there. At any rate, he teaches about the beauty of reliquaries and basilicas with the gravitas, the reverence, and the awe that such creations deserve. As one who proudly holds a recommend to enter the House of the Lord, the temple of the Latter-Day Saints, I find the serious discussion of architectural and artistic effort, planning, and careful design in worship of God extremely fascinating and, in a way, familiar. To be continued...