On today’s memorial feast of the Immaculate Heart, I want to honor Mary with a reflection on her virtues, which we are all called to imitate, all of which center on the one true thing — love for Christ. I selected 5 icons of the Blessed Virgin to aid me in this reflection, and I hope they will help you reflect and ponder more deeply the mysteries of Mary and Jesus in your life. More…
Great post from Reinkat today. This simple, short post tells me so much.
Check out her previous post on “Sacred Geometry” too. This is true Catholic culture that our religious minds are thirsty for.
Before the Incarnation, there were no images made of God. In fact, it was expressly forbidden. But because God took on flesh and became one of us, He then had a specific appearance in time and place, and thus it is permitted for us to make an icon of God as He appears in Jesus Christ. It has been said this way:
The inconceivable is conceived in the womb of a virgin.
The immeasurable became 3 cubits high; the unqualifiable acquires a quality; the undefinable stands up, sits down and lies down; He who is everywhere is put into a crib.
He who is above time gradually reaches the age of 12; He who is formless appears with the shape of a man and the incorporeal enters into a body.
Therefore, the same is describable and indescribable.
—from the writings of the Desert Fathers: St. Theodore the Studite
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Since Thursday is the day when we contemplate the Luminous Mysteries, instituted by Blessed John Paul II, I decided to dedicate today’s article to Our Lady of Light, depicted in the painting above by Russian artist, Natalia Tsarkova. (Click on the photo above for a larger image).
Before I explain the painting, here is a video explaining the artist’s relationship with the late John Paul II. More…