Saturday, 5 March 2011

Church of the Gesu

RE : the earlier blog on the evolution of the image of the Sacred Heart (1) : I should point out, of course, that the Church of the Gesu in Rome is the mother church of the Jesuits in Rome. This famous church has provided a model and inspiration for other Jesuit churches all over the world. The painting by Batoni was commissioned by the Jesuits. Given the important role of the Society of Jesus in promoting the devotion to the Sacred Heart it is obvious that this image was to serve as the prototype for all subsequent images. Perhaps it was a copy of this painting that Teilhard would have carried with him and looked at every day of his life as a priest - as it was kept in his breviary.

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