I Look, Through a Lens, With Love at St. Peter's in Steubenville, Ohio
St. Peter's in Steubenville, Ohio is an impressive parish. Besides being traditionally magnificent in appearance, elevating one's heart and mind to heaven, it is liturgically special as well. Both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form Mass are prayed there with loving reverence. This parish took to heart Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum effort and embraced the request, implementing both forms in one community. And the Beauty of both Masses is achieved at St. Peter's...fitting!
Pastor Timothy Huffman allowed me to photograph both Masses over 2 weekends. He and Fr. Jonas Shell are a blessing to their parishioners , what dedicated priests. God bless them!
At another Mass, on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, a TOR priest gave a weekday homily about spreading the faith. His words confirmed to me something I had felt but not meditated on before, as it felt like a lightbulb moment for me.
From it I understood that there are many ways that one shows their love....many ways to express love. Some express love in words, written and spoken. Sometimes I do that. In my love for my Lord and the Catholic faith, more often I feel my words don't completely illuminate my endearment and wonder. Nor do my words represent the full beauty I see and feel for the faith. Our Lord and the Catholic faith are the greatest beauty in life...the greatest Good, the greatest Beauty, the greatest Truth.
What could be more worthy of my love?!
What gets me a little bit closer in my expression...what is my passion...is trying to capture the Good, the True and the Beautiful of our faith in images. This passion and commitment I believe comes from God. I am certainly not the most talented photographer, but what talent I have, I have from Him.
It is my love, EXPRESSED. It how I love and how I capture love.
Does a picture say more than a 1,000 words? For me, the words and pictures belong together to complete the task. My leanings are that words NEED pictures.
And so I ask permission and I look....through a lens...with love.
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And I commit to Catholic Social Media to share this love, to relate the Cause of my joy. I think it was a path for me even before the Vatican Bloggers Meeting.
I hope you will look...with love...on them all, thanking God for the Good, the True and the Beautiful of our faith and praying for our parishes.
More images can be seen HERE.