I painted this image the day I found out I was expecting our first daughter. We were newly married and she was a surprise—”unexpected”, as it were. I found great consolation from Our Lady as I went through the intense and incredible journey of preparing for motherhood, knowing that she, too, experienced an unplanned pregnancy. Though unexpected, our little Clara Marian was totally meant to be!
I’ve always loved Padre Pio for his bold personality and his intense devotion to God in the midst of great suffering. As a girl who tends to speak before she thinks, I feel as though I’ve found a kindred spirit in this man who allowed God to work through his nature to refine him—and thus for God to do incredible things.
Motherhood is the hardest thing I have ever done. It has broken me and humbled me in more ways than I thought possible. But there are moments—so many moments—when I look at my beautiful little girl and I am filled with the most incredible joy. Here is a soul that I have the privilege of journeying with and caring for, someone who calls me mama.
How great must Mary’s joy have been, to raise the Son of God? I think it must have been very great indeed!