The Parts and the Whole of a Crown

At St John of God Church in Lisbon, Portugal

One may behold the beauty of a rich crown in two ways: either by looking upon all its ornaments, and all the precious stones of which it is composed, one after the other; or again, having considered all the particular parts, by beholding all the work of it together in one single and simple view. The first kind resembles meditation… the second is like to contemplation… In meditating we as it were count the divine perfections which we find in a mystery; in contemplation we as it were sum up their total.
Saint Francis de Sales


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