In the early days of my blogging, way back in 2011, I made up a CD filled with pictures of the Blessed Mother that I'd found on-line--thinking they might come in handy somewhere down the line for Faith-themed blog posts. But as is often the case with things I decide to put in a "really safe place," I just stumbled upon this CD a couple of days ago while I was puttering around in my basement office. I loaded the CD onto my computer to view it, and it was like looking through one of our family albums filled with half-forgotten but well-loved photos of our boys (from their babyhood days through the many stages of their inexorable march toward manhood).
And that got me thinking: She is family. She is our beloved Mother, my beloved Mother. And She loves us--loves me--more than any human mother possibly could. We human mothers love our children so intensely that we can't conceive of a greater love than ours; so that's a hard concept, sometimes, to wrap our earth-bound brains around.
Here is a picture of Mother Mary with Her arm around Her beloved Son. This one is lovely and it really moves me.
So it is with religious statues and paintings: they are reminders for faithful Christians. And sometimes, we need reminders in our lives. Sometimes we need to stumble upon a beautiful image of our Mother Mary to remember that She loves us and She's always there when we need Her, and that She is deserving of our attention. Maybe we need reminders every now and then, in the form of beautiful works of religious art, so that our spirits will be moved and we'll remember to pray.
(If you want to enter the ornament giveaway, this is the last day. Send me your guesses by 5:00 p.m.)