Thursday, August 16, 2012

Other Modern: Basilique Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, Normandy

A blog which I visit daily is Fr. Tim Finigan's the Hermeneutic of Continuity. So it was then that I was pleased to read the other day on his blog of his own interest in and appreciation for the Other Modern series that Matt Alderman and I have occasionally been approaching these past few years. I particularly appreciated his own position (which I certainly share) that while there was indeed a reactionary time when anything and everything modern was "in" and everything traditional out, now that the pendulum is swinging back and things traditional are once again more in favour (particularly amongst the younger generations) "an obvious danger for us today is to follow the pendulum blindly and decry anything that is modern." Well put.

But as delighted as I was to read all of these things, I was all the more delighted that Fr. Finigan further pointed us in the direction of yet another example of the Other Modern, the Basilique Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux in Normandy, France. Let's take a look.


The Apse Mosaic
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The Cupola

Finally, two further details:

Thanks again to Fr. Finigan for drawing our attention to this simply splendid example of the Other Modern.

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