Wonderful quote from Dorotheus of Gaza, a mystic from the 6th century. As she imagined, ” the world as a circle on the ground at whose center was God, she wrote, ‘Leading from the edge to the center are a number of lines, representing ways of life. In their desire to draw near to God, the saints advance along these lines to the middle of the circle, so that the further they go, the nearer they approach one another as well as God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another” (Judith Dupre, Churches, 156).
(I just finished Churches for a study I’m doing for our local church. It’s a great coffee-table book. It’s huge, and you can get it cheaply on Amazon. You need huge pictures to get some sense of what the magnificent churches of Christendom look, and feel, like!)