Ojo de Dios – God’s Eye
When the early Spanish settlers first arrived in the southwest, they were met by several bands of earlier inhabitants. These cultures included a variety of habitats, languages and lifestyles from peaceful farmers and nomadic traders to marauding warriors.
The languages of the many people differed greatly. Common among them, however, was a series of art elements and symbols, including the “Ojo de Dios” or “God’s Eye.” Regardless of the art form or materials used, this basic form of the cross represented the four directions and the basic elements of earth, air, water and fire.
Many ancient people of this land believed that the “Ojo” gave them a glimpse into the soul of God while others said it meant that God is watching you. Whichever point of view you choose, the message seemed in accord with the early Christian missionaries and it was soon adopted as a part of the “local” Christian tradition. The prayer seems to say “May the eye of God be upon you.”
Today, here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the “Ojo de Dios” watches over us from behind the altar just as it has since the completion of our parish center back in 1982. We pray that God views favorably our efforts to bring His message to those of our community.