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

The Divine Shepherdess – Original created in 1938


She who carried in her arms the “Lamb of God” is called the Divine Shepherdess, because she was chosen by the Triune God to shepherd the divine. The Lamb who was “in the midst of the throne” came to earth, and placed Himself and His mother in the midst of shepherds.

John the voice in the wilderness, beheld Christ and said: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sins of the world. ” John 1:29.  When the Good Shepherd willed to be slain as a meek lamb for the sins of the world and assume the Mystical Body of which we are the members, His shepherdess became ours, and we became her flocks.  When He approached that last hour, dying a victim for the life of His sheep, the Divine Shepherdess stood beside Him and knew all the agony tht His love for His flock had brought upon Him.  And having there, at the throne of charity, been appointed by Him the mother of al, she rejoices to bring us into the fruitful meadows of her Son, that we may have life and have it more abundantly for it has pleased God that she dispense to His flock divine grace.  She promises us through wisdom: ” I will water abundantly the fruits of my meadow.” Ecc. 24:42.  In every way of life, in every part of the world, she guides them with the authority of the Shepherd for He has placed His staff in her hand, and He is the seal upon her heart, the seal upon her arm.  In the meditations of their hearts her grace may fall as gently and more imperceptibly than the snowfall upon the fleece, and the storms and thorns of life’s labours yield grace under her healing touch. “For in her is the beauty of life, and her bands are a healthful binding.” Ecc. 3:31.  “Come to her with all thy mind, and keep her ways with all thy power.” Ecc. 6:27. For “her ways are beautiful ways and all her paths are peaceable.” Prov. 3:17. She seeks the lost sheep who have wandered far, and in the evening of life are close to their last hour.  She would dispel the darkening shadows with light that springs forth contrite love. Of them the Good Shepherd was mindful through His prophet: ” If thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.” Isa 1:18.

The radiance of a star in the heavens revealed to Wise Men His coming into the world.  They followed the light from far over the earth, and found the “Light of the World. with His mother, resting on a bit of straw in a manger.  He is the day star that must arise in our hearts and fill them with the light of charity.  He will lead us from the vales to the mountain top, to the throne of our Father, whose “mercies are new every morning.” La. 3:23.