Thursday, February 21, 2013

Do You Fear the Mercy of God?

"The Magdalene, most of all, is the model I like to follow.  
That boldness of hers, which would be so amazing 
if it were not the boldness of a lover, won the heart of Jesus." 
(St. Therese of Lisieux)

"My child, do you fear the mercy of God?
 My holiness does not prevent Me from being merciful....
 You can come to Me at any moment, at any time;
I want to speak to you, and desire to grant you grace."
(Jesus to St. Faustina) 

Painting:  Frederick Sandys, Maria Magdalena 


  1. Just a lovely post, Nancy!
    I wanted to tell you that I nominated you for an award...congrats:)
    Here's the link for the details:

    Looking fwd to getting to know you through the blogosphere....

    1. Wow, Chris - thank you so much! I am deeply honored, and I look forward to getting to know you also!

  2. Nancy,

    Aren't the colours in the painting magnificent? Have you read "I Believe in Love" By Fr d'Elbee? It really is my favourite book about the writings of St Therese. Such confidence and trust!

    1. Thank you, Sue. I was struck by the colors also, which is I chose this particular image. I've always envisioned Mary Magdalene quite differently; more of a dark haired woman as portrayed by the artist Georges de la Tours. But I loved that green background against the red hair.

      I did read "I Believe in Love," but it was years ago. It's about time for a re-read!

  3. Love these quotes. I am always on the hunt for more!
    Congrats on your award!

    1. Thank you, Colleen. And I saw in your list of blog awards that you'd gotten the Liebster years ago... back before I even knew what a blog was! (at that time, I did not even do e-mail). Congrats to you on the many recognitions of truly fine blogging.

  4. I love this post; painting with amazing shades and wonderful quotes...I am so happy for your Liebster award!!!! Your blog merits the definition of the award...God Bless

    1. What a nice thing to say... thank you so much.

      When I found this painting, I read that Mary Magdalene had often (at least at one point in time) been pictured as red-haired. I had not known that...?