Friday, November 30, 2012

Share a Virgin a Day

It is the first of December and time to share A Virgin a Day,
a tradition created by Rebecca of Recuerda mi Corazon.

Please join in, the link is below, at the end of this post.

Earlier this year I travelled to Paris with my young
teenage daughter.  Only once there, it eventually dawned
on me that Notre Dame is Notre Dame de Paris - 
Our Lady of Paris!

I have been to Paris before and I did indeed visit Notre Dame
and Sacre Coeur, but that was in another lifetime, it would seem. 
The mind so effortlessly can become jaded and not 'see' what
is right in front of us. It is so easy to be blinded by religion
and dogma and many of have us such knee-jerk reactions 
to doctrine, that we miss the true Beauty and Wisdom,
which has always been there, behind the veils of mankind's
perceptions and projections.

The statue of the Virgin with the child on her hip, in such a true every day motherly
stance, took on a beauty and luminosity for me that I had to re-create when I returned home.

I created this shadowbox shrine with a French doll that I bought the previous
year at the festival of Sarah-la-Kali in St Maries de la Mer. 
She is a beautiful porcelain doll wearing her Sunday best, complete with a little hankie.

Here you can see her tiny Mary prayer book that I made for her.

She is on her way to Notre Dame.  In the Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful
and very imposing statue of the Pieta of Mary
and the background I used in this shadow box reminds me of
her great sorrow depicted so poignantly in that statue.

The statue of Notre Dame de Paris I found in a tiny
shop in the Latin Quarter of Paris.
I painted it gold as there is the most
beautiful golden statue of
Notre Dame in the
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.
Well, who said art has to make sense?!

I also added a tiny Lourdes shrine as in the cathedrals in Paris
and elsewhere in France, you often find a Lourdes shrine.  
Thistiny shrine glows in the dark, as does the finger rosary which I used
for the halo for the Blessed Mother - so I added a tiny little candle light
which I switch on late in the day. 
When I turn it off, the little shrine  glows,
 just like Her love for us glow in our hearts!

Follow the link below and visit the other sharings
of A Virgin a Day.
Be sure to return tomorrow and the next day
and the next .......


  1. I like the idea of A Virgin a Day! how wonderful to visit Paris with your child
    I started out making a shrine for Mary, but with gifts through the years from my Catholic students, it became a Jesus and Mary shrine.

  2. I am in awe of your most beautiful shrine, made up of so many significant elements of your travels and memories, and so thoughtfully shared. I look forward to seeing more of your offerings as the Virgin Days go by!

  3. This is beautiful. It must have been wonderful to visit Paris with your daughter. I too look forward to seeing your artistic and spiritual offerings of our lady.

  4. . . . the true Beauty and Wisdom, which has always been there, behind the veils of mankind's perceptions and projections . . .

    I was deeply moved by these words, Hettienne. If we see with our own eyes, hear with our own ears, and read and study the writings of the gifts to humanity that God has given us, how much more at peace we would all be.

  5. It was worth the trip, wasn't it!

    Mary of the Shadows

    Please consider turning off word verification. It is really quite difficult to decipher, and I'm sure you would garner many more comments if readers didn't have to contend with it. Thank you!

  6. I'm in love with this shrine. Just awesome. Thank you.

  7. Your shadowbox shrine is awesome! Such detail you have put into it. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  8. gorgeous! your love is in every detail!

  9. I love the tiny little prayer book you made for Mary -- your attention to detail is exquisite!


Thank you for your comments - I read each and every one! I have taken the word verification off - hope it makes it easier