From the first time I saw this icon of St. Angela at the foot of the cross I was drawn to it. While others in the piece are repelled, restrained or fearful, Angela approaches, falls to her knees and adores the Crucified One. I imagine Angela pouring out her heart to Jesus.

Here’s a suggestion for prayer today and throughout the remaining weeks of Lent. Consider it a form of visio divina—a method of praying with art or other media. Sit quietly and let your imagination lead you to Angela’s side. Simply gaze at this icon while listening to the song Prayer Before the Cross by John Michael Talbot.

 

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