One of Mary's titles is Morning Star
and every star
is an image of Her.
However, we could also call her Mourning Star
as we feel the loss of our kindred, Joe.
Joe and I exchanged many emails,
he was a great story-teller, you know,
and between us, one story always began another...
As Italian/Catholic children,
we had many of the same feelings.
In February he asked me to paint
"one of my Marys" for him.
She was to be a mermaid,
"without her veil, but no seashell bra either"
|Mary "Star of the Sea" for Joe|
There is always a lesson in mourning,
just as underneath Mary's mourning
is the desire for all of God's children to be united
in the common bond of love.
This is Joe's desire too.
Joe always signed his emails with
Peace, Love and Hugs
and I am going to steal that from him...
for more Mary, join the pilgrimage: