So many of my reflections for this Blog have so far detailed the Catholic or sacramental imagination. This refers to how Catholics see (or image) reality: both about God and the world. Obviously this is one of my "passions."
As I wrote about the Catholic Spiritual Journey:
"St. Matthew: Winged Man, [which also symbolizes The Incarnation].—To St. Matthew was given the creature in human likeness, because he commences his gospel with the human generation of Christ, and because in his writings the human nature of Our Lord is more dwelt upon than the divine.
"St. Mark: Winged Lion, [which also symbolizes The Resurrection].—The Lion was the symbol of St. Mark, who opens his gospel with the mission of John the Baptist, ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness.’ [lions lived in the wilderness]. He also sets forth the royal dignity of Christ [compare: the lion is king of the beasts] and dwells upon His power manifested in the resurrection from the dead. The lion was accepted in early times as a symbol of the resurrection because the young lion was believed always to be born dead, but was awakened to vitality by the breath, the tongue, and roaring of its sire.
"St. Luke: Winged Ox, [which also symbolizes The Passion].—The form of the ox, the beast of sacrifice, fitly sets forth the sacred office [of Christ the High Priest], and also the atonement for sin by blood, on which, in [Luke’s] gospel,[Luke] particularly dwells.
"St. John: The Eagle, [which also symbolizes Ascension].—The eagle was allotted to St. John because, as the eagle soars towards heaven, [John] soared in spirit upwards to the heaven of heavens to bring back to earth revelation of sublime and awful [i.e., awesome] mysteries."From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art, by John Vinycomb,