The panels on the main floor represent the theological virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity and the cardinal virtues, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. The final panel The Good Shepherd, completing the epitome of the virtues depicted, shows the zeal of religion for the irreligious as exemplified in the parable of the divine Shepherd.
In the panel representing Faith the scene chosen is that of Christ stilling the Tempest and taking the hand of St. Peter to give him confidence in the protection of our Saviour. The fishermen and the disciples are portrayed as lifting their arms in supplication: "Lord, save us, we perish". Their boat is a type of the Church assailed by storm but weathering it safely because our Lord in the hour of greatest danger commands the storm: "Peace, be still!"
But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night, He came to them walking upon the sea.
And they seeing Him walking upon the sea, were troubled, saying: "It is an apparition." And they cried out for fear.
And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: "Be of good heart; it is I, fear ye not."
And Peter making answer, said: "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters."
And He said: "Come." And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying:
"Lord, save me."
And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand, took hold of him, and said to him: HO thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?"
And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
And they that were in the boat came and adored Him, saying: "Indeed thou art the Son of God."
There is a touch of mystery and supernatural calm in the mural, such as would have followed the instant abatement of the storm, contrary to the natural manner of gradual subsiding of the elements. The coloring is rich, the line and landscape lovely, the movement flexible, the form serious, yet infused with a seemingly miraculous character.
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