The cover image is a painting entitled “The Virgin in Prayer” by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, an Italian Baroque painter. I recolored it in a light blue so that I could add the text box for the title and because blue is frequently the liturgical color for Advent. Blue is also associated with the Virgin Mary.
I can do nothing on my own, so I would like to acknowledge the following people:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the devotion writers: Marilyn Allen, Keith Axberg, Michael Boss, Barb Cheyney, Kathy Fleck (Sister Katharine, OSB), Cathey Frederick, Fr. Paul Moore, Natalee Raymond, Ashley Sweeney, Mary Ann Taylor, Vicki Wesen, Penny Worrell, and Tom Worrell. Y’all inspire me, and I enjoyed reading your work in the process of assembling this project.
Thank you to Ashley Sweeney for sending me amazing pictures of artwork from Italy while I was working on this devotional book. It was a great help to me in formulating my own reflections and in searching for a cover picture.
Blessings to you in this Advent season and Merry Christmas.