Sunday, March 24, 2013

Monday Morning with Mary

Pope Francis presented Pope Emeritus Benedict with this beautiful icon of Our Lady of Humility. He said "When I saw this picture of the Madonna of Humility, my thoughts turned immediately to you."


Madonna of Humility refers to artistic portrayals of the Virgin Mary which depict her as a Madonna sitting on the ground, or sitting upon a low cushion. She may be holding the Child Jesus in her lap.  The term Virgin of Humility is also used to refer to this style of depiction.
Humility was a virtue extolled by Saint Francis of Assisi, and this style of image was a product of Franciscan piety,  first developed by them for contemplation; the word humility, from the Latin humus, meaning earth or ground.

13 comments:

Ginny said...

It is a beautiful icon.

rebecca said...

i am greatly moved with pope francis and his heart for humility. truly this is a virtue to embrace. to have a heart for all, to not see any separation for the heart and soul of anyone, regardless of their "station" in life.
thank you for sharing a beautiful and inspiring petition for humility with all your readers and, mornings with mary, a heart warming meme i hope will reach the hearts of many.

Shannon Naughton-Gomez said...

I agree with Rebecca. Pope Francis I believe will be a balm to our weary souls. Thanks be to God!

Your shared image is both lovely and calming. Thanks to you also.

Nonnie said...

Pope Francis brings many of us hope...for the Church, for the world.
this is a splendid icon of Mary; thank you for sharing her and her title!

Pam said...

So lovely.

foxysue said...

Dear Annie, I love your lesson in art and humility, something we need reminders of over and over! Blessings x

Lizbethem said...

Thanks be to God for Pope Francis. I agree he brings us renewed hope for our embattled church.
This is a lovely Virgin. Thank you for explaining about the depiction of humility in art.xx

Donna said...

Beautiful and yes Pope Francis brings the whole world hope not just the Catholic Church!!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful icon of 'Our Lady' ~ reminding me of the 'divine' in all of us ~ Happy week to you ~ ^_^

Diane AZ said...

A lovely image to inspire the contemplation of humility.

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Annie. This is such a beautiful icon. I agree about Pope Francis. He will be good for all of us. Bless Pope Francis.

see you there! said...

Such a beautiful icon. Thank you for posting it for all of us.

Darla

Jeanie said...

This is very beautiful. I don't know that much about how the Catholics interpret Mary, other than that she is a major figure (as she is to all Christians, I believe -- but differently.) But I think this is lovely.

I don't know much about him yet, but I really do like Pope Francis. He seems so real.