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Our Lady of Light: Help of the Addicted

Our Lady of Light: Help of the Addicted by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Artwork Narrative:

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, stands as a towering figure of light in the darkness. She is a timeless reminder of God’s abiding and gentle love for each of us, no matter who we are, what we do, or how many times we stumble on our journey. Her hair is streaked with gray to signify the wisdom that comes with age and experience.

The painting is filled with age-old symbols and some newer, more personal ones as well. Mary is dressed in blue, a traditional color of the inner peace and serenity which she inspires in us. Surrounding her head are twelve stars, another very traditional symbol of Mary in art, but here they also serve as a reminder of the twelve steps of recovery, the main source of spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for people seeking sobriety and health.

Mary holds a broken cocktail glass in her hands, to remind us that our most life-changing lessons come from our deepest pains and trials. As Saint Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Three flowers grow from the soil in the glass, each with a symbolic purpose: the lotus is an ancient symbol of enlightenment and beauty; the gold rose reminds us of the glorious mysteries of the rosary which are all about life transformed; and the lily stands for the hope of Easter and its promise of starting over again each and every day. Because the lily is shaped like a cup, it is seen as a vessel “filled with grace.”

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Mary, Our Lady of Light is the perfect soul friend for you or a loved one: if you stumble in the darkness, unsteady on your feet and unsure of your destination; if you feel burdened by painful memories or unfulfilled dreams; if you are stressed and anxious about the uncertain future; if you are weary of counteracting loneliness with temporary fixes and false remedies; if you feel controlled by dark impulses; if your family life is suffering or work is bringing you grief; or if you just want the reassurance of knowing you are not alone.

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference;

living one day at a time,

accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

taking, as Jesus did,

this sinful world as it is,

not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right

if I surrender to Your will,

so that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.