Now, in the middle of a hot and humid Virginia August, we find ourselves ready to celebrate the refreshing Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, body and soul. As we struggle through this valley of tears, which is the lot of fallen humanity, the celebration of this feast fills us with the hope of resurrection, heaven, and all good things. Mary's Assumption is the sure sign that the pure of heart will see God.
But the Blessed Virgin Mary does not keep her purity to herself. No, instead, she shares it with other created beings. Certainly God allows creation to reflect her immaculate heart in clean fallen snow, an infant's giggle, a newly professed nun. And Catholic artists then attempt to capture such purity in their reproductions of creation.
At St. Jude's Creations, Maria has demonstrated the simplicity and innocence of Our Lady in this bouquet of the stephanotis flower. She writes in her description that each flower is painstakingly handmade of clay and embellished with a swaroski crystal center. Lovely...
In this gorgeous piece, the pink of a fully bloomed peony has the Marian qualities of femininity and gentleness. St. Jude's Creations labels this a wedding cake topper, but it would be just as appropriate sitting in a shallow vase (no need for water) near a sunny window. Does it not look real?
St. Jude's Creations also uses paper in a most realistic way. The bouquet below is created with crepe paper and the vibrant red brings to mind the love that Our Lady has for her Son and for us.
As Sunday, August 15th, arrives, let us rejoice in the triumphant Assumption of Mary, the beauty in the created world, and the lovely art at St. Jude's Creations. Maria's work can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/stjudescreations