To our right, we see St. Clair as she holds up the Sacred Host, against the Saracen invaders. First, we notice that St. Clair is not inside, but outside of the Abbey. Second, notice the shape of the monstrance. It contains an equilateral triangle with the Blessed Host inside. It symbolizes the omnipresent and omniscient God, who watches over all things, the Trinity. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was used in Courts of Justice to remind judges of their responsibilities. It reminds us of our responsibilities, as it is under Pope Pious X, to bring justice into our world.
Behind her, we note the abbey she was defending. The left side of our mural balances this with the portrait of Ruth, grandmother of King David who holds wheat for our Sacred Host. Behind her is the tabernacle where the Hebrew people stored the Ten Words of God to balance the abbey on the right side of the mural.
Edith and Isabel next present us with church officials, “Cohen” in Hebrew, “Episcopus,” in Latin and Greek, or Bishops in English. On the right side stand St. Charles Borromeo with St. Pascal Baylon the patron of the Children’s Eucharist. St. Charles Borromeo was a leading figure during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests.
Should we not follow their example and support the education of our children and the higher education of our young adults. Should we not emphasis being Catholic, being community, over being rugged individualists, followers of the Protestant work ethic?
St. Charles Borromeo facilitated the final Council of Trent deliberations. St. Charles Borromeo took a large share in the creation of the Tridentine Catechism:
“That the faithful may approach the Sacraments with greater reverence and devotion, the Holy Synod charges all the bishops about to administer them to explain their operation and use in a way adapted to the understanding of the people…
The bishops will have these instructions carefully translated into the vulgar tongue and explained by all parish priests to their flocks . . .” It is divided into four parts: The Apostles’ Creed; The Sacraments; The Decalogue; and Prayer.
In 1564, St. Pascal Baylon joined the Reformed Franciscan Order as a lay brother. We are a Franciscan Parish, emphasizing Penance and living the Gospel life. He chose to live in poor monasteries because, he said, “I was born poor and am resolved to die in poverty and penance.”
He lived a life of poverty and prayer, even praying while working, for the rest of his life. He is noted for his devotion to the Eucharist and the patron of the Children’s Eucharist. Should we not be also?
On the left side of the altar stand leaders from the Old Testament, King David, and the prophet Nathan. Nathan is famous for telling King David the parable of the rich man who had many sheep and the poor man had only one. Nathan complained to King David about how the rich man killed the poor man’s lamb instead of taking from his own.
When King David ordered the rich man punished, Nathan complained, “But the rich man is you as you killed Uriah the Hittite so you could take his wife, Bathsheba.” We see in the placement of these two men, the importance of the rich to care for the poor, and not exploit them as we all too often see in America, in particular in states like Wisconsin and Michigan.