Stephanie Morris
Stephanie Morris
Stephanie Morris
Stephanie Morris

Visitation

In 2012, I was one of several artists who were invited to paint a picture of Mary for a Scripture and Prayer Group called “The Daughters of Mary.” I had tried for weeks to paint Mary looking up over her shoulder as if she was looking at God the Father. It seemed like a worthy posture but in my heart I felt that something was wrong. So on the day before the deadline, in total frustration, I wiped out the face and painted her looking straight out. I knew the moment I painted the outline of her head that this was what she wanted. She wanted to look into the eyes of her children. She wanted an encounter! As if to confirm this, my four-year old granddaughter asked, “Is that my Mama?”

Recently I went on a silent retreat where I had the opportunity to sit for hours looking at her. That was when I had my encounter. I call it my “Visitation Encounter” since in my meditation I was Elizabeth and Mary was coming to me, only she was holding Baby Jesus. Suddenly in my heart I heard her ask me, “Do you want to hold my baby?” And then a little later, “if you want to hold my baby, you will have to put down some of those things you are carrying.”

Painting hangs in the Marian Center at St. Ignatius church, in Mobile, Alabama.

This painting was painted for “The Daughters of Mary”, a woman's Spripture study/prayer group in 2012.

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