Our Lady of the Journey

Our Lady of the Journey

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8 x 11 in. Signed Print "Our Lady of the Journey"

Two icons in a series of images with the same name, "Our Lady of the Journey" were inspired by a recent trip to the St. Ines mission while visiting our dear friend Jeff and the Novices of the Franciscan Novitiate community in California. Tucked behind a corner is a tiny statue called " La Pereguina" or "The Pilgrim". The date it was created and the artist are unknown, however, the community called it 'Our Lady of the journey' It got me thinking about all of the women in the world on a journey. Refugees fleeing to safety, young women walking miles upon miles for drinking water, and mothers trying to find shelter and a better life for their families. A mother grieving the loss of her child’s father who was suffocated by a police officer. The gospel imagery of Mother Hen isn’t used enough. These mothers are signs of protection, strength, hope and love, and the beauty and dignity of human nature ...

"Invisible God, by the power of your love you make present the bodies of the invisible, the poor farmworker, the foreigner, the refugee, the dead. Show us such a presence, as through them you promise to give us your presence. Make us visible; make us real. Make us capable of feeling so we may think make us capable of tears so we may laugh. Make us your visible people, your light, your joy. Amen