"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Lady of Carmel for Haiti

Black Madonna
I finished the icon. The narrative can be found at Up Your Street.
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  1. Wow. You're so talented. Amazing work.

  2. I'd love to purchase a print. Beautiful work. (I have a thing for Black Madonnas.)

  3. I printed a copy to take to St. Mary's this afternoon to show Debbie. I'll send her a link too, but I know she isn't anywhere near a computer.

  4. Anonymous4:14 PM


  5. Beautiful,Terry!

    Just prior to my conscious awareness of a spiritual conversion taking place, I stumbled upon the Black Madonna Shrine near Eureka, MO (I know) while out exploring the area of our new home state with the kiddies. It was at this Shrine that I really started pondering things Catholic. During one visit to the site a shirtless, but for a brown scapular, young man was kneeling in prayer in the outdoor chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa. I watched him until he left —about 20 minutes or so. By that time I had such a wish for some ounce of faith and to be able to pray as he had ...

    Your finish on this piece is very striking and the beading framing it offers a very subtle accent! Lovely!

    May I ask, why you select this image of the Virgin Mary? Just curious.


  6. Maria6:06 PM

    You feel as though she really *sees* you. Exquisite.

  7. I would also love to purchase a print for my Secular Carmelite community should they become available.....

    She has a very gentle "comforting" and soft expression, very well portrayed..and I just adore how the Infant is cradling Her chin...such a loving, intimate gesture toward His Beloved Mama...

    Excellent work Terry!! Our Blessed Mother is so proud :) She has indeed blessed your work.


  8. From God's mind to your hand...beautiful.

  9. Thanks everyone - you are all very kind.

  10. Terry, I'm really serious about a print or a reproduction. You really ought to consider getting this one out there. (Plus, I'm too poor to commission a Terry Nelson original.) :-p

  11. I love this icon! Very meaningful.
    I read the narrative; her expression is just right.

  12. Thom - thanks - I will see what I can do.

    Father - Thanks very much.

  13. This really beautiful.


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