Eve in Mary Reconciled as are we All – UPDATED

Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.O

A couple of years ago I wrote about This beautiful illustration and the poem “O Eve”:

A Trappistine nun, [the late Abbess] Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composed the texts for the Abbey’s Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:

O Eve!
My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,
Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.
The former things have passed away,
Our God has brought us to a New Day.
See, I am with Child,
Through whom all will be reconciled.
O Eve! My sister, my friend,
We will rejoice together
Forever
Life without end.
— Sr. Columba Guare copyright© 2005 Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey

The poem reflects the crayon and colored-pencil drawing by another nun, Sr. Grace Remington, which you see above. It’s a marvelous image – a profound gift of a card.

If you read the whole post, you get the story of how the marvelous composer Frank LaRocca set that text to music for a choir, and you can hear it, here.

This Trappestine community is the one I refer to as Our Lady of the Incredible Candy. I just ordered a case of the good stuff, for my husband to give as gifts at work!

In an email, Frank LaRocca writes:

I learned of the return of [Sister Columba's] cancer and her poor prognosis in April of 2009 when Sr. Columba responded to an e-mail I had sent her letting her know I had come back to the Catholic Church. I learned in that e-mail not only that was she seriously ill, but that she and her whole community had been praying for my return. She died in September 2009, barely two years after she and I first corresponded about the text of O Eve.

I wrote this Ave Maria as a gift of gratitude and comfort to Sr. Columba, but she died before I could get it recorded. If they can hear our music in heaven, I hope she’s pleased.

It’s very lovely. Enjoy!

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  • lethargic

    Second that emotion … the Trappistine caramels are the Best. Candy. Evah. And it supports the goood nuns, win, win, win! Buy that candy!

  • http://apriestlife.com Fr. Jeff

    I was first introduced to this image by a priest friend of mine. He used the image on his holy card at his ordination. Since then, it’s had a permanent place in my breviary. A very powerful message. I am delighted to have been introduced to this poem and a musical setting. There is much worthy of reflection here. Thanks, Elizabeth.

  • http://motherofthechurch.blogspot.com Patrick

    I remember when you posted that beautiful image; it struck me then and still does. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Carolyn

    What a wonderful composition. Very sacred. It causes me to reflect on the birth of our Lord. I look forward to hearing more.

  • http://learnfromthewildflowers.blogspot.com Jo-Ann

    I was in a Liturgical Theology class at the University of Notre Dame with one of the sisters. I think it was Sr. Kathleen, but not sure as it was back in the summer of 2008 and my memory isn’t what it used to be. As a surprise to her we ordered some of the caramels and shared them at our last class. They were the best caramels I ever had. She sent that picture to our professor for Christmas and he shared it calling it an iconic image. Sister was delightful to live with and be in class with that summer.

  • jkm

    Beautiful image. I will use it in my classes on women of the Bible, to illustrate the medieval palindrome that sums up this beautiful notion: EVA AVE.

  • Margaret

    This is beautiful! And may Sister Columba’s Memory be Eternal! This idea is one that I’ve been exposed to since joining the Orthodox Christian Church 5 years ago. The picture reminds me of the book “The Lament of Eve”. It is an amazing meditation! Fairly short book at 154 pages, but very dense. Ignore the write-ups if you want to read it, the best description is from a friend or author you trust. But I think you’d like it. http://www.amazon.com/Lament-Eve-Holy-Fathers/dp/0962253626


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