September 13, 2020
By Liz Dossa
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows occurs on Tuesday September 15th. This reflection focuses on an icon that was created for this feast. Stay tuned for a spiritual reflection that will publish later this week on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The pensive face of the Our Lady of Sorrows icon painted by Sister Mary Hope Sanchez is remarkable, especially for her eyes. Downcast and heavy lidded, the eyes contain shadows of Mary’s grief and the clarity of her acceptance. A traditional icon of Our Lady of Sorrows often shows the sorrows of her life as swords in Our Lady’s body, but this image carries the pain in her face and gestures more subtly.
Sister Hope was drawn to painting the image simply because, as she said, “She is so beautiful.” Her slim-fingered hands gesture, one hand indicating “behold” the Christ, the other bent, resting under her chin, showing her acceptance of sorrow. Her grief is clear, her gaze extending to those who look upon her an invitation to share at a time when so many in our world are experiencing sorrow and pain.Read More