FEast: Jan. 1st
All humanity, mothers
Madonna + Child
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked with favor on His humble servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed,
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
You know how much support mothers need. If we could help these women out, despite any circumstance, they could thrive, be better mothers, have more opportunities, and never have to question choosing good for their children, Show us how we must change our lives and society for them.
As a companion piece to the Holy Family, I wanted the warm, loving, divine gold and the spiritual, ethereal blue echoed in the colors. Mary's Jeans are ripped from navigating the long journey to Bethlehem while Pregnant and then giving birth in a barn. She has on her sweatshirt to keep out the night's cold and be as comfortable as she can. She has wrapped Jesus in the nicest piece of clothing that she brought and has a tattoo on her wrist of her immaculate heart. Jesus touches her, either with joy or with pain, and she feels either peace or fear, depending on the viewer's needs and ideas.