The artist’s vision of the divine essence in nature
and the devotee’s awareness
of holy presence in the sacraments
are not entirely subjective.
Although such perceptions are not open to
all perceivers precisely because
knowledge is a function of being,
the known thing is independent of the mode
and nature of the knower.
What the artist sees and attempts to convey to us
is there just waiting to be apprehended,
by those with the appropriate faculties,
likewise, does the image and symbol of the scarament
actually hold the divine presence.