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Pope Asks Us to Imitate Mary

Pope Francis urged us to imitate Mary's humility, meekness and obedience during his Annunciation homily. He reminded us that salvation was a gift, not something we could earn.

Source: Catholic News Agency

While set in suburbia, the Bear found this painting by Francis Collier to be a respectful depiction of the Annunciation. Mary is a winsome young lady -- something that does not always come through in more traditional paintings of old -- and the traditional elements are there. Sure, non-traditional art can be distracting if it departs in its essentials, but it can also make us look at the too-familiar in a new way. Renaissance paintings were hardly less anachronistic, after all. The "realistic" paintings that show a young Jewish girl cowering in her bed before a mysterious glow miss the mark more than this.