Friday, April 25, 2008
Montepulciano - San Quirico d'Orcia - Montalcino
Man praises God through the work of his hands. And God Himself has lifted up man's work and made it a Divine encounter in the holy Eucharist through the consecration of the fruit of the vine which becomes the Blood of Christ.
In this region of Tuscany the wines are put to their highest purpose in worship but also recall God's goodness when used each day for the ordinary meal.
"I am the vine, you are the branches" our Lord has told us. Faithfully pruned each year in obedience to nature, the fruit of these "vite" become the means by which God Himself in the Gift of the Altar will become supernatural sustenance for His creatures. He truly makes of us the branches grafted onto Christ, the Source of eternal life.
Photos: Etruscan tomb in Montepulciano which now houses a wine cantina, Crucifixion altarpiece, Tuscan vineyard. Come back for more photos.