Window 5: Queen of the North American Martyrs
In the 1640's eight French Jesuits came to the New World to bring the message of Jesus to the Native Americans living in the area known as "New France". In the spirit of true missionaries, these men left the comforts, culture and customs of their life and lived in meager shelters amid a new civilization with a very different way of life. Between 1642 and 1649 these eight men, who had all dedicated themselves to Mary as the Mother of Jesus, were killed because of their work as Christian missionaries which was feared and misunderstood by some people.
This window reminds us of our own baptismal call to be missionaries by bringing the love of Jesus to our own world of family, work, school, community by the way that we live.
Window 6: The Annunciation
What an awesome moment we see before us as God's angel messenger asks Mary to be Mother of the Savior God. We may wonder at Mary's astonishment, her possible fear, her sense of unworthiness, or even her doubt as to the reality of this experience. Yet Mary quietly puts her life in God's hands and entrusts herself to God's providence as she says "Yes" to God's request.
As we look at this window we can remember that we too are called to make Jesus present in our world. Let us pray that, like Mary, we too will say "Yes" to God's requests and put aside fear, doubt, or a false sense of unworthiness.
Window 7: The Epiphany
Here we see Mary showing Jesus to Magi, visitors who symbolize the people of the entire world. As these people present their gifts that show their awareness of Jesus as God of all people, Mary holds Jesus towards the visitors. After their long journey of searching, these visitors have found the One they sought. Like these visitors, we too have followed the Star of God's love and have found Jesus. Perhaps, like the Magi, we have traveled in the midst of darkness and difficulty. This window reminds us that like Mary, we too are called to bring Jesus to all people.
As we look at this window, let us pray that the Light of Jesus will touch and guide the lives of all, especially those who are seeking meaning in life. Let us also pray that this Light will help dispel areas of personal, local and global darkness.
Window 8: Mother of Perpetual Help
The ancient Byzantine icon of Mary holding Jesus had a long and colorful history. Like all icons, this image contains many symbols for all who view it. We see that the Child Jesus has run to His Mother, almost losing, in His haste, one of his tiny sandals. He has been frightened by the vision of two angels, shown on both sides of the icon, who are showing Him the instruments of the Passion. Mary holds Jesus in her arms reassuringly, lovingly, while she looks at us. Mary seems to be asking us, "How are you holding Jesus today?" We see too that Jesus' little hands are pressed into Mary's strong, sheltering hands as a reminder to us that here on earth Jesus looked to Mary's hands for protection. This icon is a wonderful reminder that people throughout the ages have expressed their experience of God in many meaningful ways.
As we look at this window, let us remember those who are frightened, especially those who are suffering. Let us also ask Mary's help as we try to protect others or work to change systems that cause pain and suffering.