In the cathedral at Leon there are two statues of our Blessed Mother that riveted my imagination. One was a statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary. As I gazed upon this exquisite and perfectly balanced work of art, my heart pondered the incomprehensible mystery of the Incarnation.
Then there was a statue of the Virgin Mary that had been at the front door of the cathedral until the 19th century when it was moved to the Lady chapel behind the high altar. The Virgin turns her gaze full of mystery, a gaze that is soothing balm to a weary Pilgrim. Her gaze brought forth spontaneously from my soul: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.