SPIRIT CROSS

In Honor of Mother Cabrini The Patron Saint of Immigrants

"First Impressions” explores how people from all walks of life responded to first seeing the Spirit Cross.
“I think the cross is very beautiful. The intersecting, elliptical spaces speak simultaneously to presence and absence, compelling the viewer to “fill in” what’s missing, thus actively engaging the worshipper in an act of faith. The voids seem to suggest the ascendant, eternal presence of the Holy Spirit (rather than the temporal, suffering, corporeal figure of conventional Crucifixions) and in doing this, they redirect our focus from sacrifice to salvation.” (AG)

“For me, the Spirit Cross is a love story. It is a symbol of the Sacred Womb through which a loving universal God gave us his only Son incarnated upon our Earth. When Mother Mary gives birth to Jesus, God is no longer an abstraction but lives here and now in an intimate relationship within each of us. The Spirit Cross is a symbol of the Divine Feminine, of Creation itself – of the tender and caring bond between Heaven and Earth.” (DM)

"Suspended, overlaid irises revealing wonder of the powerful mystery, eternity...standing... A window crossing time... (MC)

"This new image of the Spirit Cross has a meaningful future.  In 100 years, people will have popularized and accepted it as one of the traditional depictions of the Cross, as though it had always been so.  That's how natural it is.  The Spirit Cross may be modern now and express innovative ideas, but it feels ancient.  It's a significant contribution to Christian iconography in a subtle and original way.  I'm surprised it was never thought of before." (PG)
"It is striking to see the cross, a symbol with so many centuries of history, and traditionally associated with a sacred male figure, presented in a way that blends so beautifully that history with modern symbolism so as to honor also the sacred role of women." (SS)  

“When I look at the Spirit Cross I see a narrow opening.  I am drawn to the New Testament famous quote of Mathew 19:24 as well as several mentions in the Talmud of the narrow ways of virtue. The way it is placed in the cross it is almost like an eye of judgment or self-contemplation.  In the Hindu tradition, it would be the sieve of discernment, the mythical swan's beak that can separate milk from water.” (DS)

“Aesthetically, I truly like this piece.  It is at once a strong non-representational ‘construction’ and strong subtle architectural art piece.   In terms of signs and symbols, it very carefully and subtly suggests the presence of a ‘corpus.’ Within traditional Catholic churches, this is an important and central characteristic of the cross’ symbolism.  Some may not see it in this piece.  It contains a moment of ‘indeterminacy’ that requires the viewer to participate and complete the presence of the corpus.  This work of art, as do all works of art, requires the co-creative participation of the viewer to concretize the completed aesthetic object - your Spirit Cross.  I very much appreciate this piece.  Well done!”  (DP) 

“In its simplex outlines, there is an iconic opening, an invitation to the Holy Spirit's Multiverse in all Her forms -- Infinite journeys and manifestations.” (AK)

"The Latin question ‘Quem quaeritis in sepulchro” is a paraphrase of the question which is stated in Luke-24: “Why seek ye the living among the dead?”. The way in which I think this question is applicable to The Spirit Cross is that it reflects a higher understanding of Christ’s teaching and the transfixion of the suffering body - i.e. the grave, the lower level of understanding. The true meaning is pointed to by the intersecting emptiness - the void - which is the home of the enlightened understanding of The Christ Consciousness: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”- the inner space of your understanding. By taking away the old form and symbol of the body, The Cross gains power. It becomes a challenge. It asks nothing less than a transformation of the onlookers' traditional narrative and meaning of the Christ Event. 
The soft feminine curvature of the horizontal and vertical spaces I feel as a loving invitation and accompaniment to the onlookers' newly birthed intuitive realization into this transformed insight. And the intersection of the vertical and horizontal dimensions - the reach of the empty spaces into Soul and Spirit – creates an immediacy. It is Now." (RF)

"The divine feminine manifest as a cross that is symbolic for opening into what lies beyond, the womb that gives birth to divine consciousness. The veil of mind is moved aside and the Eye of God is revealed opening the heart to Divinity.
Another association with the Spirit Cross is the similarity to the slit experiment in quantum physics where the difference between matter and energy is shown to dissolve. In devotion there is a similar occurrence. In experiences of deep mystical states the difference between worshipper and Spirit, the ever creative feminine aspect of God. The Spirit Cross seems to be a symbol of non-duality, where what appears as two different elements or aspects, is truly recognizable as one, the underlying unity, radiant wholeness. So besides an opening it also represents the blazing light beyond." (DB)


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