|St. Anne, Mary, and the Lamb of God|
Leonardo da Vinci
While we don't know for sure that Anne lived long enough to see her grandson (She is never shown present at the Nativity.), there are depictions of her with the child Jesus. Leonardo da Vinci painted the three generations together. But one of my favorite depictions of St. Anne is the birth of Mary by one of my favorite artists, Esteban Murillo.
|Birth of Mary by Esteban Murillo|
I had a great devotion to Our Lady as a teenager getting up to go to early Mass with my mother before school. I have to think it was due to the inspiration of St. Dominic. How many teenagers rise earlier than they need to instead of clutching that last five minutes in bed?
And today, as I fight for the faith against so much modern dissent, I often turn to my friend and mentor for help. Pray for me, St. Dominic!
Don't forget to honor and thank your patron saints today (and remember your guardian angel as well). Only on Judgment Day will any of us fully realize how much these special friends have interceded for us and guided us on our journey toward God.
All you angels and saints, pray for us!