Empty Radiance

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Mary the Mother of God abides on the Holy Mountain as a radiant emptiness, surrounded by monks whose hearts resonate with her wisdom hymns.  Invisible to the naked eye, she is seen by the eye of the heart, surrounded with uncreated light.  In 1903, a photograph caught her and her flame of uncreated love passing a seated monk in the Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon.

A recent icon celebrates this moment so that her invisible presence among us is unveiled in the midst.  She mothers wisdom in our hearts so that wisdom is renewed even in our distracted generation.  Her icons transmit her wisdom which is uncreated light awakening the heart.  Her radiant emptiness bears witness to her love, which is the wisdom of self-emptying humility .