Luminous mysteries

The ministry and teachings of Christ on Earth
Last fall on a weekend trip to Manhattan, I noticed an unusual addition to the art galleries listed in the Times. The gallery was in the apse of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the art was a collection of religious treasures from Spain, including handwritten letters from Teresa of Ávila and her mentor John of the Cross. After failing to persuade my 11-year-old goddaughter Maddie to go with me, I boarded a northbound train to Amsterdam Avenue, walked a few short blocks and entered the sacred cavern of the cathedral.


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