A selections of verses and images that I have painted over the year.
"Sacred Scripture teaches us that the Sun is the tabernacle of God. 'He has set his tabernacle in the Sun'” (Ps. 18:6).
"This is infinitely more true of the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Ambrose applies these words to her, and we should refer them especially to her Heart, in which God resides more gloriously and works far greater wonders than in the sun of any universe. 'I hear the Eternal Father pronounce that the throne of His Only-Begotten Son is like to a Sun before His face: His throne (is) as the sun before me….'" (Ps. 88:38).
"It is only in the twelfth, or towards the end of the eleventh century, that slight indications of a regular devotion are perceived in a sermon by St. Bernard (De duodecim stellis).
'Take away the sun that enlightens our material world,' says St. Bernard, 'what will become of day or light? Take away Mary, the Star of the Sea, or take away the Heart of Mary, the true Sun of the Christian World, and what would be left? Without Mary’s radiance, nothing is left but enveloping darkness, the shadow of death and the frightful night of the grave.'
The more they gaze on thee, the greater their desire, the stronger the light and strength they receive to enable them to gaze yet more upon thy dazzling light!
O beautiful Sun, enlighten our darkness, melt our frigidity, dispel the clouds and fogs of our minds, inflame our hearts with thy sacred fire! Make us ever receptive to thy sweet influence, that every Christian virtue may flourish in our souls, so that they may be rendered fertile in all kinds of good works."
O radiant Sun, let our hearts become like clear and polished mirrors, and be pleased to impress thy likeness on them, that they may bear a perfect image of thy humility, purity and submission to the divine will as well as of thy charity, love, sanctity and all the other virtues and perfection of your admirable Heart. This we ask for the glory of God who made our hearts for Himself alone."
The preceding excerpt is taken from St. John Eudes, Admirable Heart of Mary, Part Two, Chapter III, and edited by the Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Other excerpts from online sources one