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The Sorrowful Mysteries

alec vanderboom

Blue Madonna (The Sorrowful Mysteries), Carlo Dolci, 1660
Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida

Jon & I prayed by this arresting image of our Blessed Mother. The cobalt blue in this painting "glows" in person. We loved seeing the sliver of her face. The eyes show the weight of her sorrow, but she's not "depressed". Her head is slightly tilted in resignation and perfect humility. I feel like this is the face that we'll see more clearly in heaven. It was like having an intimate conversation with a painter who died over 300 hundred years before we were born.

Prayer: Blessed Mother, pray for us. Help us to bear our crosses with wisdom and humility.