Had this painting (scroll down) been completed in time, it would have been featured in my May Notes since May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary. Pelican Piety (with a Eucharistic theme) took that slot instead and quite appropriately.
Mater Fiducia The first popularized Fiducia Madonna is a rather smallish, cameo shaped painting as you see here. It has an impressive history so it has been copied in many ways since Carlo Maratta (1625-1713) first presented it to Sister Clara Isabel Fornari in Italy. For my 2020 version I retained the facial outlines to a certain extent; keeping a close resemblance to the Marian features, although updated and expanded.
All Fiducia paintings are the same in the way explained here: "Look closely at the image. The Child Jesus is looking directly at us and pointing to His Mother. "Trust her," he says. "Trust her with your past, your present, and your future. When presenting oneself before the painting the ejaculatory prayer should be the invocation "Mater mea, Fiducia mea! — My Mother, my Confidence!" because it was ever on Jesus' lips, even at the hour of his death.
The title Rosa Sine Spinis (Rose Without Thorns). In an allegory about the rose, St. Ambrose explains that the rose grew in Paradise without thorns. Only after the fall of man did the rose take on its thorns to remind man of the sins he had committed and his fall from grace; whereas its fragrance and beauty continued to remind him of the splendor of Paradise. The Virgin Mary, he further describes, is called a 'rose without thorns' because she was exempt from Original Sin.
Click on the 1st picture below to read that version. The 2nd picture is a later version of the hymn or prayer in Latin & English. 3rd is the Mother of Confidence prayer and a brief explanation.
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"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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