Monday, May 5, 2014


Francisco de Zurbaran gave us San Francesco, c. 1635, an intense contemplation of the order. His bloodied hands hold a skull to contemplate the death of Christ on the cross. Flagellation and dense prayer ritual would have been his daily routine, hence the bloodied hands and sullied feet. Quite often this monastic order was taken too deep, down the wrong spiritual pathway to the garden of Christ equalling death and their hearts not being able to return to God. Almost life equalling death but the wrong way forwards. Gods divine garden cannot be taken through Hell. This Franciscan friar on the other hand would only be experiencing God.