Standing Alone

Standing Alone

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Standing Alone

Watercolor, 21 1/2” x 28 1/2”
Private collection

Many flowers are associated with the Virgin Mary, the iris among them. It is known as “the sword lily” and is a reference to Mary’s suffering, as well as a symbol of the Immaculate Conception.
This spring in my garden a single iris appeared. It emerged from a bed of iris leaves that had not borne flowers during the entire four years they had stood outside my window. Standing alone, the flower seemed more beautiful because of its singularity.

Sometimes it is painful to be alone. But God sanctifies our moments of solitude, shaping our soul into something more beautiful than if we stood, surrounded by a crowd.

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