Ss. James, John, Philip and Bartholomew, St. Matthias Cathedral, Katy, TX

In October, I installed two more windows at St. Matthias. Above is St. John's emblem--the serpent in the chalice--signifying an attempt to poison St. John that failed. St. James was the first apostle martyred. His brother, St. John, survived all the apostles into exile fulfilling Jesus' words about a shell and a chalice: And Jesus said to them, "You shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized with shall you be baptized."

St. Bartholomew is better known to us as Nathanael to whom Christ said, "When thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee." Nathanael is the true Mystic--the pure in heart in whom is no guile who sees God. But he sees Heaven open in Christ, " Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man."