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Fr Roten Blog #9: Australlia

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Ultimate Frontier

Artist: Jenny Miller

This is a typical Australian nativity set suggesting the harsh sun of the outback and the down-to-earth existence of early settlers. A new frontier has been conquered; soon the old life will change and new rules will apply. Still, for a moment of unique harmony, there is no separation and there are no social classes. The kangaroo has the monopoly of the shed, the aborigine is in charge of the music, the rice farmer with his weighty gift holds back and plays modest. Lamb and parrot seem to be of one mind, and so is the holy couple, the redhead Mary and the mustachioed Joseph. Is this the ultimate frontier we will ever reach? A moment of harmony within, and the dream of peace for the whole world. There seems to be more, judging from the "real presence" in the manger.

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

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