Close-up of a mosaic painting on the wall, St. Mathew's Cathedral, Washington DC, USA
...And I read more and more of the Gospels, and my love for the old churches and their mosaics grew from day to day. Soon I was no longer visiting them merely for the art. There was something else that attracted me: a kind of interior peace. I loved to be in these holy places. I had a kind of deep and strong conviction that I belonged there that my rational nature was filled with profound desires and needs that could only find satisfaction in churches of God.
~: Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain :~