Because I do so much mixed media collage, art journals and SoulCollage®, I am forever scanning through magazines (many lovingly given me by neighbors and friends), discarded books from the library, and the endless march of catalogs that seem to come daily in the mail. If one has to have an addiction, my scrapbook plastic boxes filled with potential images for my stash, and my endless leafing through magazines, is probably healthier than some addictions I've let go. (And I admit I'm still dragging around a few I'd like to lose.)
So, this art journal page is called "Our Lady of Sorrows," and the images are from my stash box. Around the edges I've written some of the rosary prayer Hail Holy Queen. When times are bad I always remember the line about the valley of tears.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished
children of Eve, to thee do we send
up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley, of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us; and
after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.