This piece captures Mary's very human moment, when she's left alone with the burden of horrifying memories threatening to consume the good. It's the moment when the adrenaline is gone and the grief takes hold. It's that moment of absolute darkness when the only light comes from God. And she chooses to step forward and continue to follow Him. He sees us in our grief. He warms us in the coldness of our despair. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
Ten symbols used throughout history to represent the Holy Name of Jesus are used within this monstrance rendering as a reminder of the true presence of our Lord within the Eucharist. IHS, the consecrated host, 12 stars, ichthys, Chi Rho, Yeshua, Yahweh, crowns, the Alpha and Omega symbol, as well as a variety of crosses adorn the piece and are discussed in this post.
What do I give my parents to honor this day? Drugstore cards with pictures of couples laughing, pictures of glasses clinking, chocolates, flowers, silhouettes of couples... they just don't get it. They don't get the fullness of love.