We like this image, because it captures an all too relevant theme for many Catholics. Many have been at a crowded Mass. Perhaps we think that it would be nice to have some more breathing room, or maybe that the person's children two rows back should have been physically removed twenty minutes ago. On the flip side though, isn't a crowded Mass a good sign of devotion? Something to be thankful for?
The central woman in the painting shows us the determination of a devout soul to stay focused during Mass. Being the farthest removed participant, she probably can't even hear or see what's going on in the Mass. She stands and kneels when she sees those in front of her change positions. And, probably because she can't see or hear the Mass, she prays her rosary to stay focused and devout. A small child leans up against her, gazing off into space—much like many at her age seem to do.
This art painting can provide excellent inspiration for those relating to the over-crowded high Mass.
Title: High Mass | Artist: Clausen
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