Sunday, January 31, 2010

Icon of the Mother of God of Fátima

Abbey Roads links to the above and the story of "the ecumenical vocation of the Icon, which has been written uniting the efforts of a [C]atholic priest and an [O]rthodox iconographer, trying to create an image before which [C]atholic and [O]rthodox faithful could pray together" and which "wants to be, in this sense, a service to the unity of the Church, in the person of Maria under Fátima's devotion" — The Icon of the Mother of God of Fatima.

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Blogger Jason Choi said...

Wow! That is a beautiful icon :)

11:16 PM  
Anonymous m.z. said...

Considering at least one revelation in Fatima was that Russia has never been converted to Christ, I'm thinking Fatima is going to have difficulties in the East.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Procopius said...

The Church (as in the Russian Orthodox Church) is again free in Russia, actively evangelizing, and caring for the poor and needy, and combating the scourge of abortion.
The vision never promised that every last man-jack of the Russian people would drop whatever they were doing and become Latin-rite Catholics, as if that were anything to boast about these days. You imbecile!

12:50 AM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

Given that God used Fatima to promulgate the conversion of Russia, it strikes me as a very fitting choice for an icon.

On the face of it, it does appear that it would "have difficulties in the East", but given the source, I suspect the apparent difficulties are simply that, only apparent.

What I most appreciate is that the choice is very fitting for an ecumenical endeavour because it's not the typical selling out the Faith for pottage we've come to expect whenever the term ecumenical comes to the fore.

It's also worth noting that the conversion of Russia can mean either the conversion from Communism or the conversion of the Russian Orthodox to the Faith; and while I expect the Russian Orthodox to always see the west in the worst possible light as is their wont, nevertheless, it can mean the first which would be common ground between the west and the east.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Robert Badger said...

It is a very nice icon. Generally, I am very much opposed to western Catholic parishes putting up Eastern-style icons. Not because I am opposed to icons, but because it often is emblamatic of a superficiality which does no honour either to us or our Eastern brethren.

One of the worst offenders is Robert Lentz. He did a massive installation of icons featuring American saints at Santa Fe's St. Francis Cathedral. He has also done icons of Harvey Milk and other gay-themed icons.

The icon of Our Lady of Fatima is nice, but I sort of tend to equate the interest in icons of some as a sort of faddishness without really understanding the profound theological meanings of iconography.

1:37 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I had always thought Our Lady of Fatima's call for the conversion of Russia meant a conversion from Communism.

Robert, I oppose iconography in the West for the same reasons. Robert Lentz is horrible. I think this was his nadir:

4:20 PM  

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