Bishop Robert Barron has written a deeply personal and deeply engaging guide to experiencing the spirituality of the Gothic cathedrals. Like a mystical tome waiting to be deciphered, a cathedral holds many secrets about Christ, the Christian life and the soul’s yearning for God. This book is not a scholarly treatment but rather a kind of staged walk around the cathedral with the reader, drawing spiritual sustenance from the features of the building, such as stillness from the rose window and a sense of the inhabited cosmos from the architectural details.
“If we are to appreciate the great cathedrals, we must move into the medieval mind. And this means that we must become comfortable with a relentlessly symbolic imagination.”
— Bishop Barron, from the Introduction of Heaven in Stone and Glass