Artist Discovers the Marian in Her Work
Linda Ruth Dickinson
On November 30, 1995, the artist wrote to The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute:
Earthen Vessel discusses the larger issue of total surrender to God with a specific reference to the feminine. As an offering--the emptying of self, desire to be filled with the Lord, and then used for His purposes. Clearly, Mary exemplifies this. ...
Thank you for your continuing interest in the art created for God's honor and your encouragement of artists who are working with specific Biblical reference. It is my hope that there will be engendered some spiritual encouragement that in turn results in hearts/wills/minds/ seeking to live out the life and love found only in God and His Son, Jesus the Christ.
About the artist: Linda Ruth Dickinson is a self-taught artist, born and raised on the island of Taiwan, Republic of China, to midwestern American missionaries. Her paintings reflect that dual cultural heritage as they are contemporary watercolors composed of design ideas, subject matters and other principles originating both from the East and the West.
Dickinson has been recognized with many awards, exhibiting
regionally and nationally. She says, "Much of my current work in
Still Life utilizes knotted lengths of silk on a gold patterned
ground symbolizing various themes... Natural cloth is human-made
out of God-made fibers and touches cultures everywhere ..."
Russian Anniversary Celebrated
Over the past years, a Russian icon popularly known as the Wladimir (Vladimir) Mother of God icon, has become better known worldwide. She is sometimes given the title The Lady who saves Russia. Recently, the 600th anniversary of the transference of the icon from Wladimir to Moscow was celebrated by its own academic conference in the Tretjakow Fine Arts Gallery. In 1996, we invite you to come back to Mary Page for a more detailed report about the history of the icon and other miraculous images.
International Soldiers' Pilgrimage
More than 17,000 soldiers from 23 nations participated in the 37th International Soldiers' Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1995. Pope John Paul II addressed a message to the soldiers asking them to see their task as the keeping of peace. Fifty years after the end of World War II, Europe needs reconciliation between the nations. The motto for the pilgrimage this year: Trust Peace. As in previous years, many soldiers from the Warsaw Pact areas were also present. (Bote von Fatima September 1995)
La Salette - 150 Years
On September 19, La Salette, southern France, begins the 150th jubilee celebrations commemorating Our Lady's apparition on September 19, 1846 to two shepherd children, 11-year-old Maximin Giraud and 15-year-old Melanie Matieu. Mary is honored in La Salette as the Reparatrix, the one works and prays for reconciliation of sinners. The apparition was recognized in 1851; it is considered the beginning of a new epoch in marian apparitions. (idu, 40 (4 Oct 95):6)
Many Faces of the Supernatural
Director of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Rev. Johann G. Roten, S.M., spoke recently at the Ohio Catholic Educational Association Convention in Columbus. His talk dealt with "the supernatural" and was well intended. In brief: "Current spirituality presents us with various forms of the "supernatural," from esoterism to the occult and remystification of nature. Among the most popular expressions of the "supernatural" are angels and apparitions. How supernatural are these recently rediscovered ways to cross the barriers of time and space? How do we discern the true supernatural? These and related topics are often subject matter for IMRI research.
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