Oil paintings by Sr. Marie Pierre Semler, M.M. (1901 – 1993)

Our Lady of the Mountains – Original created in 1938

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 “With thee is the fountain of life, and in the light, we shall see light.” Psa. 35:10. “Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it; thou  hast many ways enriched it.” Psa. 64:10.

On the mountain of God, near the source of the fountain of living water, the light of the incarnation shines forth in Our Lady (symbolized by a five pointed star, befitting the five glorified wounds of her incarnate Son) and is reflected in the head of the mountain stream flowing from the mountain top down over the earth to refresh and renew life for all who thirst.  In their need all may come and drink as does the hart when it pants for the fountains of water.  “He that thirsteth let him come: and he that will, let him take the water of life freely.” Apoc. 22:17.

Our Lady of the Mountains who stands at the source of the spring is our Mother.  Her vision and her light penetrate the mists, and her heart overflows compassionate love.  She gave us the first intimation of this as she stood one day beside her Son, who is the Fountain of Life, at a wedding feast in Cana.  She brought to His hearing a temporal, human need of the bridal party, and in the fulfilling of that need, divine light was given and divine power revealed.  He changed water into wine, and in so doing has given, not only joy to the bride and groom but to us, something of a foreshadowing  of His own union with His Mystical Bride the Church, to which He looked forward with desire, saying on the eve of his Passion :”With desire have I desired to eat this pasch with you.” Luke 22:15.  Through one of His prophets He said: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will hear.”. .  When the time came, and the crimson rivers flowed upon the earth at Calvary; the Mountain of Myrrh, Mary again stood beside the Fountain of Life, and there became our Mother, and as a true mother she enlightens all through the waters of Wisdom.  “I make doctrine to shine forth as the morning light and will declare it afar off.  I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth,…and I will enlighten all who hope in the Lord.”  Ecc.24:44,45.  Each day this wedding miracle is set before us at the Morning Sacrifice; from dawn to dusk around the world, flowing from generation to generation, water and wine are consecrated and become One.

The light of the star shines forth from Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart wherein lies her hidden glory.  The dark mantle represents the myrrh of life: the dying to self in her poverty, her suffering and her service to others.  There is only a slight trace of the joy that is hidden within, depicted in what we see of the rose colored lining.  The white tunic, and the star that rests upon her heart and is the basis of her halo, gives us a hint of her glory.