Thursday, December 15, 2011
This is a painting of the Madonna and Child that I did for Noel, 2011. It was inspired by a statue of Our Lady of LaLeche, originally brought over by the Spanish in the 1600's to St. Augustine, Florida.
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, holy and Merry Christmas. May you be graced with blessings from the heart of the Christ child. Peace, love and joy are the fruits of a faithful Christian life and, I pray, that you will be given these gifts in abundance.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The apparition of Our Lady of LaSalette occurred on September 19, 1846, in a small village in the French Alps. Two children, who were tending cows, saw an incredibly beautiful woman, surrounded by light, sitting in a chair and weeping. She stood up and spoke to them, "I have come to tell you the good news." (The good news was that God exists and that he loves them.) A message followed and she warned them of a coming famine and how people had fallen away from the faith. She asked that people pray and return to her son.
This apparition received full church approval.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
When I purchased this Infant Jesus of Prague statue at a church rummage sale for $2, it was badly in need of restoration. The hand and the back of the head were broken and the paint was faded and chipped. I picked it up and thought about the millions of prayers that were said before statues like this one in years gone by and I thought about the miracles that had been attributed to this infant. This one was once someone's treasure and I wanted to restore it to its glory and then give it away to someone in need. I had restored six or seven Infant Jesus of Prague statues in the past and had given them to people who all seemed to receive wonderful graces once they entered their homes. It was the child Jesus who said "The more you honor me, the more will I bless you."
Sunday, August 14, 2011
In 2002, while visiting Barcelona, Spain, I went to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, one of the Black Madonna's of Europe. According to legend, the statue was carved by St. Luke and brought to Spain by St. James. It was hidden in a cave when Spain was occupied by the Moors and it mysteriously reappeared in 890. Because it could not be moved, the church was buiilt around it. Many miracles have been attributed to it. St. Ignatius Loyola had his conversion experience at this shrine before founding the Jesuits and Christopher Columbus made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Montserrat before embarking on his journey to the New World. It is an incredibly beautiful shrine on a mountain top in Spain. This colored pencil drawing of her is one of my earliest works and it's very primitive, but I wanted to honor the Blessed Mother on the eve of the Assumption by posting it here and sharing it with you.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I just finished this painting today to honor Our Lady of Mt Carmel and to have it ready for her feast day on July 16th. I have been praying novenas to her, at all different times of the year, and have received many answers to my prayers. She never fails me. Here is the prayer that I have been saying.
O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother.
O holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can stand your power. O show me herein you are my mother.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (say three times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (say three times) Amen
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Since Mary was declared the mother of God at the Council of Ephesus in 431, iconographers have depicted her holding the child Jesus. He often has his cheek pressed affectionately to hers and the love is so evident between them. The art of the Middle Ages didn't show musculature, shadows or perspective, but it certainly showed holiness. The icons were written (not painted) using a formula that emphasized the spirituality of the image rather than the realism that was developed during the Renaissance. The artists didn't even sign their icons because they didn't consider themselves to be important. God was the important one! I love icons and what they represent and I loved painting my version of the Mother of the God of Tenderness.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
About the year 1610 the Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary was walking on the streets of Rome and he discovered a painting of the Blessed Mother that was torn and covered with dirt. He repaired it. While praying before the image, the face of Our Lady became animated and she smiled and nodded her head in gratitude. "Fear not, my son, for your request is granted." The Blessed Mother then promised Doninic, "All those who implore my protection, devoutly honoring this picture, will obtain their petition, and will receive many graces. Moreover, I shall hearken in a special manner to the prayers that shall be addressed to me for the relief of the souls in Purgatory." After reading about this image, I was inspired to paint this painting of Our Lady of the Bowed Head.