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Fr. Roten Blog #21: Ecuador

Sleeping Mary Michael Ayala

Mixing African and Indio ingredients, this set by a well-known Ecuadorian artist, is first of all a tribute to life. It is a hymn to life in some of its most basic expressions: blooming and overflowing bodies, satiated peace on sleeping faces and the fundamental trust in life’s goodness that is given only to children. We find in this nativity some of the characteristics of North American representations, namely the innocent childlikeness and a new appreciation of gender roles. Mary sleeps while Joseph watches over the baby. God has ventured to penetrate all layers of human reality. The sleeping Mary says it all.

Reprinted with permission: University of Dayton - Marian Library Collection. All rights reserved.

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