“The Virgin in Prayer,” painted by  Italian artist Sassoferrato, shows the Madonna in meditation.  It grew in popularity as the sixteenth-century reformers of the    Roman Catholic Church advocated a more personal approach to worship, placing greater emphasis on individual devotion and contemplation.  It hangs in the National Gallery in London.

Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing God’s blessing on all mothers, living and deceased, on this Mother’s Day.