©Michele L. Catanese
Note: Next post will be on January 1, 2018. Meanwhile, may you have a grace-filled remainder of Advent and a Joyous Christmas!
1. This is a photograph I took while in Baveno, a town on Lago Maggiore in northern Italy. These are the lights in the houses in the town which is on the hillside. I selected it for the beginning of the blog because it shows the darkness of night, but with the comfort of light from above as well as in the homes.
2. This painting is called David and Nathan by Matthias Scheits (1630-1700). I chose it because David received word of the Messianic Promise through the prophet Nathan who delivered the message from God that the messiah would be a descendant of David.
3. This painting is from the series called 11 Scenes in the Life of the Virgin, #5 - Marriage of the Virgin, by Giotto di Bondone. (Painted between 1304-1306) I chose it because I loved the humble postures of Joseph and Mary, but I especially loved Giotto's hint at Mary's pregnancy: her hand is on her slightly swollen womb, indicating a loving gesture to the Child growing within. You can find the painting at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giotto_di_Bondone_-_No._11_Scenes_from_the_Life_of_the_Virgin_-_5._Marriage_of_the_Virgin_-_WGA09183.jpg
4. This is my photo of a statue I have called Sleeping Saint Joseph, a favorite statue of Pope Francis. It has become quite popular as a result of a homily he once gave. I chose to put the photo of the statue here because St. Joseph looks like he is sleeping peacefully, trusting so deeply in the Lord that he can rest despite the hardships he and his Holy Family faced.
5. This is an icon called St. Joseph Shadow of the Father by Fr. William Hart McNichols. I love that the child Jesus seems to resemble Joseph even though the only genes He would have received were those of Mary. I love the resemblance because it shows that Jesus truly
was in a father-son relationship with Joseph; that Jesus treated Joseph as such shows the greatest humility and respect. It also reveals how holy Joseph was and how much Jesus loved him. You can find this icon for purchase in one of many mediums (or for a closer look) at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/st-joseph-shadow-of-the-father-039-william-hart-mcnichols.html.
6. This is a Christmas scene from a card I received many years ago. I just loved the jubilation seen in one of the shepherds.
7. I chose to use the Advent wreath with all four candles lit for two reasons. First, this post is for late Advent, so even though it will be posted just after the Third Sunday of Advent it is appropriate to hint at it being late in the season. And second, the fourth week of Advent is so short this year that I wanted to give a bit more emphasis to it.