Jesus notices us. Even though we are not the celebrities of this world, even though we are not the “movers and shakers” or the rich and powerful, God notices us.
What is sad for me, is not so much that people who hate the Church and Mary, want to destroy the symbolism that supports it and replace it with signs of the anti-Christ and the anti-Mary. One would expect that. The dismay is how little pushback there is from those who believe and ought to know better.
Imperfection or even infirmity then, becomes beautiful because it is made to serve the beauty within. In a mysterious way the weakness of a form bends to our true nature and our ultimate destiny, as glorified sons and daughters of God. Imperfect Beauty allows the perfect Beauty of God to shine more brightly.
I believe that this approach of where the artist describes form with line, rather than tonal or color variation offers artists a way of painting that eliminates the scourge of naturalism today which is sentimentality. I would encourage artists and patrons to look at this as an option for covering large areas of their church walls.