Saturday, March 25, 2006

Building a Cathedral

Marble inlay stone. St. Peter's Cathedral, Rome. (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa
"What are you doing?" a man asked of three laborers beside a building under construction. The first man replied, "Stone-cuttin'." The second smiled. "Puttin' in time-until a better job comes along." The third man waited a moment and then said simply, "I'm building a cathedral!" ~ Unknown
Carved marble statues, marble altar tops, and beautiful marble inlaid floors. This seal of many colors is entirely marble; the workmanship is absolutely breathtaking. At one end of St. Peter's is Michelangelo's sculpture "The Pieta", behind glass but still amazing. Did those workers long ago feel the same way? Were they awed, inspired, creating something to last? Or was it just a job? Maybe it is just me, but standing there, I could feel the pride the artisans took in their work.

Submission for PXITE topic "stone". (end of post)

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