Unveiling a Masterpiece…
by Kaitlyn Mason
“Wouldn’t it be great if we could give each mother the same image of Mary & Jesus?” Serena asked, as we browsed through prints for sale at our local Catholic Corner booth.
The only problem was: which one would we pick? There are so many gorgeous paintings of our Blessed Mother and her Divine Son Jesus.
God took care of that for us.
When Mary Garden Showers opened a chapter at St. Patrick’s in Columbus, OH, we had no idea that a talented Catholic artist was sitting right in the pews of that very church.
Our chapter leaders knew. They reached out to her about a painting project.
When artist Bernadette Carstensen was asked to paint an image for our ministry, she says:
“The idea for this painting came to me right away, inspired by the way my daughter sometimes plays with me. So, I decided to pose Mary and Jesus in an affectionate moment, mother and baby playing together quietly. Jesus is meant to look like He is crowning her with flowers playfully, but also representing what will come when they are both in heaven. Mostly, I wanted to show Mary as a human mother in love with her child, awed by His beauty and innocence, hoping that a new mom who is feeling scared or worried could look at it and imagine the happiness she will have with her baby.”
A few months back, we shared a progress sketch of the painting that Bernadette graciously sent our way. Now, we are thrilled to be able to unveil the finished painting that is such a gift and blessing to this ministry…
Purchase your copy here today! All proceeds go to Mary Garden Showers. Thanks for your support.
Amazing, right? Ms. Bernadette, we are so grateful and humbled that you painted this for the mothers we serve.
P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… pass it on!