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                                       I Am the True Vine

 

1936

 

 

              Joseph, the workman, and his family are at work at their home in Nazareth.  Scripture tells us that Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.  We see Him here carving a vine in a panel of wood.  Later, in His manhood, near the close of His public life, the vine is the subject of His discourse.  He said in part " I am the true vine: and my Father is the husbandman." J. 15:1:  "I am the vine, you are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit:  for without me you can do nothing", J.  15;15  "Abide in my love.  J.  15:9.

 

              In the background we see the Virgin Mother approaching bringing refreshment to father and son.  Her left hand steadies a water jar carried on her shoulder, suggestive of the living water of grace which we receive through her.  In her right hand are grapes symbolic of the blood of our redemption.

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                                        Our Lady of Lourdes

 

                                                       1933

 

            This representation received inspiration from the sixth apparition of Bernadette in which the  Lady  of Bernadette in which the Lady diverting her eyes from the child  had turned them afar with an expression of sadness, then returning again to Bernadette, she exclaimed, "Pray for sinners."  We also see her counting her beads with Bernadette as given in another part of the narrative.  Details of Bernadette's garments are taken from the clothing of a doll made by the Sisters of Nevers for our "Father Bernadette."

 

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  Am the Resurrection and the Life

 

1937

 

 

                            In the halo of the Risen Christ we see a cross of light.  It is the cross of Calvary seen in the light of the Resurrection.  The wounded hands free from the restraining nails of the dark beam of Calvary reveal to us His love, and His welcome to us who have been bought with a great price.  The palm tree is a symbol of victory

 

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                                                        The Prince of Peace

   

                                                                     1938

 

 

              "God so loved the world, as to give His only begotten Son;....that the world may be saved by Him."  John 3:16,17.  Here we see that Son standing in the circle of Eternity between His Father and the world.  Through the ages we hear the echo of His pleading from the cross:  "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.l"

 

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I Am the Way of Life

    

1934

 

 

              We may imagine that Joseph having gone out to procure wood for use in his trade, returns, and the Christ Child seeing his approach eagerly runs to meet him and is placed on the back of the gentle little donkey where He delights to ride.  Perhaps we are attracted first of all by St. Joseph's fatherly, protecting love for the Child, and feel the family comradship between them, with a consciousness of a peace and contentment born of love.  But as we observe for a moment and note the burden of the donkey, our minds must associate this group with a like one in the Old Testament.  Abraham and his beloved son Isaac on their way to the altar of sacrifice.  Then looking upon the bare foot of the Christ Child pressed against the wood, our thoughts are carried forward to the Sacrifice of Calvary prefigured by that of Abraham.  The wheat growing by the way gives emphasis to this thought by suggesting to us the Sacrificial Bread.

 

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A Light to the Gentiles

 

Original Pencil 1937

 

 

 

              In this representation the Divine Infant tells us by an external ace, performed with infant grace, how sweetly He lead the old man Simeon into the temple by the spirit.  By that same act He brings to our minds the cross, that sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, to pierce the heart of His Mother.  The pillar behind the Infant tells of their presence in the temple, and that God was once a pillar of light to the "Children of Israel" in Egypt.  This Child, too, will be a sojourner in the same land.

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I Am The  Bread of Life

1935

              At home after the days labor and seated at table, Joseph and the Boy Christ are absorbed in conversation, the subject of which might be the Bread of Life.  It is Joseph who provides the bread, wine and other needs for his family.

              Mary brings the wine for their repast.  It was she who supplied the "Bread" and "Wine" with which her Son would one day redeem the world and from generation to generation refresh the members of His Mystical Body.

              The Boy Christ is the center of the picture and His actions may carry our thoughts to His manhood when He took bread into His hands at the Last Supper, or when he taught the Jews the mystery of the living bread:  "The bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world."  J. 6:33.  " The Jews therefore murmured at him, because he said, " I am the living bread which came down from heaven,...they said:  Is this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?  How then saith he, I came down from heaven?  J.6: 41,42.

 

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