Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Sign

We still use some of the ancient Trappist sign language. The sign for God is the thumbs of both hands touching each other with the index fingers touching and pointing upward- forming a triangle for the Blessed Trinity. 

The sign for bread is the same joining of the thumbs and fingers making this triangular shape but pointing outward and parallel to a table top- the shape of a wedge of fresh bread. We monks delight to notice the similarity. God is our Life, our true Bread, our Nourishment on the way.
Section of glass from chapel windows in Abbey infirmary, photographed by Brother Daniel.