Holy Ground

In Rome, All Paths Lead To History

I recently traveled to Rome with Mary, Our Lady of Light. I sat in coach, she in a plastic PVC pipe in the overhead compartment. She was painted on a piece of rolled-up canvas and I was accompanying her to her new home in the chapel of my religious community’s headquarters. Mary, under that somewhat obscure but lovely title, is the patron of my community, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, and I had been commissioned to create an image of her, which I was now delivering.


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About the Author

Michael O’Neill McGrath, OSFS, is an artist who lives and works in Camden, New Jersey. His newest book, St. Cecilia’s Orchestra, is forthcoming.