The little Jesus raises His hand in a blessing, holding aloft a rosary while He holds the earth secure and safe in his other hand.
The surroundings fade away, drawing you into a sacred silence, priming your heart for prayer.
Throughout almost every Marian apparition, Our Lady has asked for the rosary to be prayed – that prayer which calls upon her intercession while you meditate on the life of her Son. She draws near to guide you to God, the source of Life, your Creator, King, and Father.
Inspiration for this image came from the St. Patrick’s in Dixon, IL. It was February, like all my church tour days, it started around 5am so I would make it to all the morning Masses at these churches over an hour away from me.
It had snowed the night before, and on my way into the church my eye caught this stunning statue of Mary and Jesus lit with the blue tinted light of early winter mornings. The real statue was weather worn and old – Jesus’ chin is all eroded and filled with growing moss, but the quiet peace remained.
I snapped a picture and didn’t think much of it – after all the tour is more focused on monstrances and tabernacles and I didn’t think I would be doing paintings of statues.
But looking through my photos, this statue called my heart again. It was the blueness of the light. Otherworldly and mysterious. And so it made it into this collection.