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Split Staircase

Split Staircase by Fr. Bob Gilroy, SJ

Artist Narrative:

“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than
dwell in the tents of the wicked… O Lord Almighty, blessed is
the one who trusts in you.”
(Psalms 84:10,12)

An arch frames stone stairs
illuminated by sunlight on the side.
In the center deep wine red darkens the landing
of two stairways.
Guide me to where you dwell, Lord.
A lit chandelier hangs above.

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PSALMS - Chapter 84:

1 For the leader; "upon the gittith." A psalm of the Korahites.

2 How lovely your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!

3 My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.

4 As the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest to settle her young, My home is by your altars, LORD of hosts, my king and my God!

5 Happy are those who dwell in your house! They never cease to praise you. Selah

6 Happy are those who find refuge in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrim roads.

7 As they pass through the Baca valley, they find spring water to drink. Also from pools the Lord provides water for those who lose their way.

8 They pass through outer and inner wall and see the God of gods on Zion.

9 LORD of hosts, hear my prayer; listen, God of Jacob. Selah

10 O God, look kindly on our shield; look upon the face of your anointed.

11 Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked.

12 For a sun and shield is the LORD God, bestowing all grace and glory. The LORD withholds no good thing from those who walk without reproach.

13 O LORD of hosts, happy are those who trust in you!

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