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This awesome painting is currently on display at the MFA in Boston. I had a chance to see it in person, having admired it online for years. It is a breathtaking piece of art. When I saw it up close, I noticed the painter Mercer seems to have left clues that St. Joseph is NOT asleep....his right arm is not lying flat, his left-hand fingers don't seem to be resting, and Mercer's brush strokes above the Foster Father of Jesus suggest movement.

Yea, I know...this isn't theology and a 19th century painting isn't Scripture. But what a message: the head of the Holy Family does not rest, he is alert and on guard, ready to protect his wife and adopted son. He does not recoil in horror from his vocation. He certainly has things on his mind, and the path is undoubtedly hard. But he DOES NOT QUIT.

During Lent, let us pray that all fathers and husbands follow this holy model of fidelity to our vocation. The nation - nay, world - would be a much better place. And if you are in Boston, go to the MFA and see the paining in person.

1 posted on 03/18/2019 9:04:11 PM PDT by DoodleBob
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Is it likely that a Jewish family from antiquity would gather around and sleep below a giant pagan idol?


2 posted on 03/18/2019 9:08:37 PM PDT by nwrep
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Thanks, that's an old favorite of mine as well. And so is the MFA, mainly for the Egyptian collection.

4 posted on 03/18/2019 9:16:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (this tagline space is now available)
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Amen

I always wondered what became of St. Joseph since not much is written about him but he is an excellent example for all men to aspire.

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5 posted on 03/18/2019 9:22:22 PM PDT by infool7 (Observe, Orient, Pray, Decide, Act!(it's an OOPDA loop))
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I had no idea they flew in.


8 posted on 03/18/2019 9:57:08 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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The quality of light is beautiful,


10 posted on 03/18/2019 10:18:35 PM PDT by avenir
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Thank you so much. I’ve never seen this. Stunning...I just ordered it online!


14 posted on 03/18/2019 11:06:51 PM PDT by lainde
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And beautiful painting


16 posted on 03/19/2019 12:22:04 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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Layover in Cairo?

CC


18 posted on 03/19/2019 12:27:27 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (My cats are more amusing than 200 channels worth of TV)
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It is a beautiful painting. But they were fleeing Herod, not the “Roman authorities.”


20 posted on 03/19/2019 4:14:45 AM PDT by I-ambush (One foot in the grave,one foot on the pedal—I was born to rebel.)
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Like a 3D picture.


21 posted on 03/19/2019 4:15:46 AM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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Well said.


24 posted on 03/19/2019 5:55:29 AM PDT by IronJack
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I saw a reproduction of this somewhere, a long time ago. I can't remember where.

It made a big impression on me, though. I am amazed that you caught the subtle indications of Joseph's sleeplessness. I had that feeling too, but you caught it and put it into words.

The artist has such depth, such heart.

29 posted on 03/19/2019 4:38:52 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Stone cold sober, as a matter of fact.)
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bookmark


32 posted on 03/21/2019 10:47:33 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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