We cannot keep solely for ourselves this joy that we have received; joy must always be shared. Joy must be communicated. Mary went without delay to communicate her joy to her cousin Elizabeth. And ever since her Assumption into Heaven she has showered joy upon the whole world, she has become the great Consoler: our Mother who communicates joy, trust and kindness and also invites us to spread joy…
We can transmit this joy simply: with a smile, with a kind gesture, with some small help, with forgiveness. Let us give this joy and the joy given will be returned to us. Let us seek in particular to communicate the deepest joy, that of knowing God in Christ. Let us pray that this presence of God's liberating joy will shine out in our lives.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily of 12/18/05
***Brother Michael O'Neil McGrath, a joyful, vibrant artist, creates, displays and sells his sacred art at Bee Still Studio. His cards and posters are bursting with life and energy, just like him! Some of his artwork beautifully embodies the Salesian spirit of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal because Brother Mickey is an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. He has published several books and calendars and is currently completing a book centered on Dorothy Day. When not at home in his studio, Brother Mickey travels around the country, giving days of recollection and making presentations to parishes, catechists, religious communities, and the like. I've been following Brother Mickey since the early 80s, and I can honestly say that every single piece of his sacred art always speaks to my heart-of-hearts. Sometimes it's a whisper, sometimes a shout -- but always I am lifted up, challenged and changed for the better. Thank you, Brother Mickey!