A Dwelling Place for God in the Spirit

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The second reading for the feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Ephesians 2:19-22, is fitting for a portion of a theology of art, of building, of architecture:

This means that you are strangers and aliens no longer.  No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God.  You form a building which rises on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.  Through him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.

The cornerstones for the chapel and hospitality center of Queen of Angels Monastery

My thanks to Sister Alberta Dieker, OSB, a fellow member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel, for her assistance with this post.