Mary stands in alcoves on the corners of commercial buildings in downtown areas. I thought this image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was especially beautiful.
One of the things I've loved most about being here in Germany is seeing the spectacular architecture that has withstood the centuries and gives evidence of Europe's long, rich history; and I love even more that all the religious artwork on display shows how intricately woven Catholicism is with that history. Indeed, when I walk around the streets of this 500-year-old German city, I am constantly reminded that Europe was once known as "Christendom." It makes me wish that back at home, there were as many beautiful tributes to Our Blessed Mother, Our Dear Lord, and all the saints in Heaven to be found outside the walls of our Catholic churches--which themselves have been stripped of much of their ornate beauty in the past four decades. I'll just have to soak up all this glorious artwork as long as I can, and enjoy the way it makes my soul soar...
Hail Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now, and at the hour of our death.
Have a great week, dear readers!