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Visitez le carnet de prières et ajoutez-y vos intentions. Ici se trouve le lien.

Visiten el cuaderno de oraciones y anoten sus intenciones. Llamenlo clicando aqui.

dimanche 22 avril 2018

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Robert W.H. MCCOY
Good morning and happy Good Shepherd Sunday to you all.  This original painting is not one that you will see any day soon.  It is enshrined on the western wall of a small, very small Catholic Church (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) on the Barona Kumeyaay Nation Reservation which is situated within the boundaries of the county of San Diego, California, USA.

The work was commissioned by Father Alan Beauregard  MS some years back.
The work has two main foci.  First, the overall human features of the people and the apparel covering them is unmistakably recognizable as indigenous to North America.  Second, the hands of the shepherd and those of the children are the center of attention by their size and their position in the composition.  We are called to remember the comforting words "For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand;  It is I who say to you, Do not fear,  I will help you."(Isaiah, 41;13)

The wayward sheep is cuddled in the warm embrace of the shepherd who is visibly content with His protective situation regarding both the sheep and the children.  The Shepherd is the guardian and savior of all.  The children are portrayed as being part of the care given to the wayward lamb.  There are indeed many holy lessons communicated in this deeply expressive work.

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NB:     I must make a note about the treasures that are safeguarded in the churches of the world.  It is not only the Michelangelo's and the Bernini's of the world who contribute to our spiritual welfare.  It is not only in the Great Basilicas and Cathedrals of the world where these inspirational works uplift our spirits.  It is in the Church environment where these priceless treasures are most easily and regularly found.  Thank God.