This past week I had the pleasure to offer reflections on the "Theological Foundations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition" to a faculty seminar at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. The seminar is in its fifth year, sponsored and actively participated in by the University's President, Anthony Cernera. It is an integral part of the University's commitment to focus its identity and mission, as well as its core curriculum, upon the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.This year I stressed more than in the past the aesthetic dimension: artistic works that embody that Tradition in the more symbolic and affective languages of painting and music.It was with delight, then, that I viewed the unique chapel that is rising at the very center of the campus. Though there are many noteworthy theological and artistic features of the construction, the most striking are the interior mosaics. They are the creation of the Slovenian Jesuit artist, Father Marko Rupnik, and his team of dedicated collaborators.The central mosaic that fills the chapel's apse is of the risen Christ, appearing to the disciples, though the doors were shuttered. He is shown with lips parted, breathing upon them the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). Rupnik, in an original intution, incorporates into the scene of the bestowal of the Spirit the traditional motif of the risen Lord liberating Adam and Eve from bondage. Jesus' gift of the Spirit extends to all humanity. Eve's hand points to the Sacred Heart from which the life-giving Spirit flows, indicating that the University arises ex corde Christi.Much detail about the chapel's construction and the installation of the mosaics can be found both in slides and video here. The dedication is anticipated in early Fall.Blessed Pentecost to all!

Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is a longtime Commonweal contributor.

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