May we always know that we can turn to our mother Mary as members of the Body of Christ! May we rejoice in having Mary as a caring mother and intercessor who brings all our petitions to Jesus! May our meditations on the various mysteries in the Rosary, the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, be enhanced by seeking to bring our daily experiences into the mysteries! May we be like Mary, always pointing others to Jesus! And may we come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be one Church family united by the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God! Let us continue to meet in the heart of Jesus! Peace!
©Michele L. Catanese
* How to pray the Rosary - http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm
** An explanation (with footnotes) that shows historical references to the role of Mary as Mother of the Church is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (Paragraph 963)
Note: Next post will be June 18.
1. This is a recently completed icon by Fr. William Hart McNichols called The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The icon beautifully portrays the centrality of Mary in the gathering of men and women on the day of Pentecost, with her hands outstretched in prayer and the Holy Spirit falling upon her, as seen by the dove representing the Spirit and the tongue of fire over her head representing the fire of love, the power of the Spirit falling upon all of them, as reported by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. You can purchase copies of it, if desired, in one of many mediums at http://frbillmcnichols-sacredimages.com/featured/the-blessed-virgin-mary-mother-of-the-church-william-hart-mcnichols.html.
(Remember I gain nothing from endorsing Fr. Bill's work except the joy of sharing it. All of his work which appears in my blog is used with his permission.)
2. This is the work of Paul Cézanne, called Farm in Normandy. (1882) I chose it because it made me think of the early Christians hidden in prayer awaiting the descent of the Spirit upon them. The farm house in this painting is hidden behind the beauty of the trees, just as the 120 were hidden in the beauty of prayerful waiting.
3. This photo was one I took while in Silverthorne, Colorado. This particular sunset was the most striking one of our entire stay as it turned out, so I was glad to have been able to capture it. It is as if the fire of the Holy Spirit is falling afresh upon the world. I pray that would be true!
4. I took this photo while I was on one of my daily walks in Silverthorne, as mentioned in the text. The reservoir beyond with the mountains was a stunning sight during my daily walk.
5. This painting is called Saint-Hilarion by Arthur Lismer (1925), one of the Canadian artists referred to as "The Group of Seven." I was drawn to the small cluster of houses around the church, a sight which is very common in rural France. http://www.group-of-seven.org/Saint-Hilarion.html
6. This is a painting by Richard Boyer which was painted in homage to Vincent van Gogh. It is called Le café de Van Gogh à Arles. I chose it because cafés are places where friends gather to share food and drink: in short, they share fellowship and community. You can find it at http://france.jeditoo.com/Paca/arles-van-gogh.htm.
7. This is a close-up of the figure of Mary from the icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church by Fr. William Hart McNichols, mentioned above. I chose to enlarge this section so that we could 'behold' Mary better. Her eyes are turned toward us and her hands are open, not only to accept the Holy Spirit, and not just in the orans (prayer) gesture, but in an invitation to us to come into her arms, too, as her children.
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