Mary’s Image in art…

Meditations from the Poor Clare Colettine TMD

Here we have another comparatively simple artists reproduction as to how he/she perceives Mary the Mary of God to be…. the picture on a dark background is divested of any superfluities in order that its message may be clearly seen.Mary draws us to the true heart of the matter of all life and existence.. LOVE… for without love we have nothing. The right hand of Mary lays across her Immaculate heart, what is she doing ? surely she is communing with her God, with her Father and Son, in the Holy Spirit.As I have looked at various pictures of Mary there is one lesson that I think everyone can learn and certainly I myself and that is a greater humility.

Appreciation of art is often very subjective and precisely for this reason when we encounter religious art that does not appeal to us or even that we might find rather distasteful, providing the work is not deliberately morally erosive or wrong we may think what we like, but be very prudent in sharing our negative views.For this reason, to someone this piece of art, that drawing, those statues may have been and are means of grace, love, communion and consolation, for the Holy Spirit can use what he wills. Look at all through the eyes of a child.

Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary
I.
I venerate thee with all my heart, O Virgin most holy, above all Angels and Saints in paradise, as the daughter of the Eternal Father, and to thee I consecrate my soul with all its powers.
Hail Mary…

II.
I venerate thee with all my heart, O Virgin most holy, above all Angels and Saints in paradise, as the Mother of the only begotten Son, and to thee I consecrate my body with all its senses. Hail Mary…

III.
I venerate thee with all my heart, O Virgin most holy, above all Angels and Saints in paradise, as the beloved Spouse of the Spirit of God, and to thee I consecrate my heart and all its affections, imploring thee to obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity all the means of salvation.
Hail Mary…

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