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May 1, 2013

Reims Cathedral, Photo By Josep Grin, Lohen11, Source Catalan Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.5 Generic)

Using little more than a set of compasses, a T-square, and a rope marked off at regular intervals, medieval masons crafted masterpieces in stone – places of worship filled with light.

The construction of Gothic cathedrals began with the laying of a cornerstone. Completion of these soaring structures could, however, take hundreds of years.

At a time when higher mathematics was largely unknown in Europe, masons (responsible for actually laying the stone) combined the modern roles of architect, engineer, builder, designer, and craftsman. With little or no formal education, stonecutters shared tips with one another, learning through trial and error. Maker’s marks can still be seen on the stone in some locations.

Many Gothic cathedrals stand to this day, attesting both to the faith and skill of their builders. But the real monuments were – as they are today – the lives of the men and women who worshiped in them. God wants our stony and battered hearts. He has set His mark upon them for all to see.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Ps. 118: 22).

Lord Jesus, You are the Stone the builders rejected, and our Cornerstone. You are the Rock upon which we build our lives. Help us to make You central to all our endeavors, that they may rest on a firm foundation. We place our faith in You.


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