Why did Abbe Foure spend nearly 10 hours a day, every day, for 25 years, carving more than 300 figures out of a huge section of rock on the windy Brittany coast of France?
The statues and carvings were inspired by old tales of the Rotheneuf family, a 16th century tribe of fishermen, smugglers, pirates and outlaws. Why did he spend the last third of his life chiselling craggy creations ‘rochers sculptés’ in the rocks, many with grotesque and bizarre faces, along with a few monsters?
NO ONE KNOWS
We do know Abbe Foure (1839-1910) suffered a stroke when he 30 and it left him paralysed on one side and almost without speech and hearing. He retreated to life as a hermit, living in the cliffs of Rotheneuf but no one knows why he undertook this task.
Many of the sculptures have been eroded, but photos of them are sold at the entrance to the site which is now a popular tourist site catering to thousands of visitors who flock to see the scores of remaining sculptures and carvings.
AS A CHRISTIAN I AM CHALLENGED.
There are human lives to be formed and fashioned as stones
in God’s living temple, the Church – the body of Christ.
That task is mine . . . and yours if you are a child of God.
That task demands my time and energy.
That task cannot be looked upon as a hobby
or as something to be done ‘when I feel like it’
or ‘when I have some spare time’
That task is paramount for the days are short.
We are commanded to “GO”
2 Timothy 4:2 (Amplified)
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency,
be at hand and ready,
whether the opportunity seems to be favourable or unfavourable,
whether it is convenient or inconvenient,
you as a preacher of the Word
are to show people in what ways their lives are wrong;
convincing, rebuking and correcting;
warning and urging and encouraging them;
being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
Abbe Foure left more than 300 sculptures, carved in stone.
How many “stones” in God’s living temple will I leave?
The task is mine. It is a commission given to ALL of God’s children.
# Privilege and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. [anon]