This Virgin Mary statue design was done by Nambe. Nambe is a family-owned company and began during modernism's mid-century design movement. I love seeing all the different ways that Mary is portrayed throughout the ages.
I think that many wonder why there are so many prayers said to Mary. I believe it is because she is seen as the Universal Mother and is the best advocate one could call upon. Who wouldn't want an advocate?
Our Lady's Tears
|Flowers of the Virgin Mary: Lily of the Valley: Our Lady's Tears|
There are many flowers that are associated with Mary. Some are more well known than others.
The Lily of the Valley - tiny white nodding bell-shaped flowers can be likened to a train of tears-hence, Our Lady's Tears. These flowers are said to have blossomed from Mary's tears for her Son as she stood at the foot of the Cross (these flowers are associated with the month of May). I don't know if you've ever caught the fragrance of these delightful and delicate little white flowers, but, oh! They do have a heavenly scent. My mother used to have some cologne that she liked to use that was called, Lily of the Valley.
As human beings, we all turn to examples of what we are trying to model our behavior after. It serves as a reminder to keep trying. It serves as inspiration. Most importantly, perhaps, is that it serves as an example to follow (as best we can).
It's not about idolatry worship-nothing could be further from the truth. It's about recognition and honoring the role that this incredible woman was chosen for.
An annual tradition for a group of us (hosted by the amazing Rebecca Brooks) is to post something about our Blessed Mother for 12 days-starting with December 1st and concluding on the Feast Day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th. I will admit, that for all of us, our lives are busy lives; particularly as we head into the Holiday Season. This kind of commitment is not as easy to do as one would think! However, it is not an exclusive group. You may join in just for one day, partial, or all!
And, by all means, please be sure to stop by and visit a few others who are on this 12 day journey.