Frequent readers know of my years in the Eastern Orthodox church and my continued Eastern Catholic leanings. You also know my devotion to Mary as "Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament" and the Byzantine "Our Lady of the Sign". In addition I regularly go to Eucharistic adoration and spend time with Jesus.
So why does this "monstrance" in Chicago make me uncomfortable? It's beautifully crafted, merging Byzantine, Roman, and Jewish imagery. It reminds us that Mary is the ark of the New Covenant. That she was the first monstrance, the first throne. As she is referred to in the Eastern church "more spacious than the heavens" since she contained the uncontainable God.
But I will admit it's better than the Yoga Christ monstrance.