Seven Sorrows, Seven Joys
Sonnets in Meditation on Mary's Life
Art and Spirituality is a series of brief monographs published by The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Its purpose is to promote personal meditation. In general, each issue is based on a focal image of religious character, preferably with a Marian theme.
"Seven Sorrows, Seven joys: Sonnets in Meditation on Mary's Life" departs from this schema but pursues the same goal. In this second issue of Art and Spirituality both word and image are vehicles of meditation. They both illustrate the meaning of pondering, which is a spiritual form of moving the cradle to and fro. God's own Word is cradled in the heart of the believer. It begs to be rocked and rolled and cuddled to reveal its secrets and disclose the depth of its love. This is what artist and poet set out to achieve in this booklet. They represent two different voices singing the same tune, Mary's life. Following in the footsteps of Mary of Nazareth, the poet tries to intuit and recreate in sonnets filled with noble empathy the seven sorrows and seven joys of her pilgrimage of faith. The artist captures and frames the wealth of poetic imagery in weightless drawings, beckoning the reader to enter the mysteries of Mary. Though differing in artistic expression, the two artist-sisters are of one heart as they tell us, "Mary's human discipleship becomes ours, and ours becomes hers."
This booklet owes its existence to a God-human interest story. The story is about God, two sisters, call and response.
God manifests his presence in one sister (the poet) as call, and in the other sister (the artist) as response. The result
is a beautiful conversion story, pointing once more to the manifold ways of God's coming among us, ink drawings and
Johann G. Roten, S.M.
Audacious angel! How do you dare
Elizabeth, were you expecting her
Joseph - what could she tell him? How explain
while Joseph slept, and set his thoughts aright?
Angelic odyssey! That fabled flight
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