The Pencil Madonna: A Modern Rendition of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows fresco

Long and black, sorrowing an eighth time at the Ascension of her Son, she’s nicknamed the “Pencil Madonna.”  She’s the prominent figure in a striking mural behind the altar at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, Michigan.  The mural also features a “Pencil Jesus” hovering just over His Mother’s head, ascending to heaven.The contemporary fresco was painted in the summer of 1961 by French artist Jean Charlot.  Born in Paris, France, then living and working in Mexico, Charlot applied to be … [Read more...]

On a Wing and a Prayer: Airport Chaplains Offer Help and Hope to Travelers

Airport Chapel Sign - Dulles International Airport, Washington DC

“Dear friends, make sure that every person—of whatever nationality or social background—can find in you a welcoming heart, able to learn and understand.” --Pope Benedict XVI June 11, 2012Good advice for all!  In this case, though, our Holy Father was speaking to airport chaplains. At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, some 100 priest chaplains and assistants gathered in Rome June 11-14 to discuss new methods and new forms of … [Read more...]