Cleansing Fire

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Feliz Navidad

December 23rd, 2015, Promulgated by Bernie
feliz navidad

By artist Alfredo M. Arreguin. (With the permission of the artist.)

I have featured the work of Alfred M. Arreguin on this site a couple of times (Here and Here and Here) He is a contemporary artist who lives in Seattle, Washington and is originally from Morelia, Mexico. You can check out my other posts on Mr. Arreguin.

I think this nativity Madonna exhibits (besides Mexican or “Latin” characteristics) an interpretation appropriate to Christmas. It presents us with a visual sermon on the Incarnation. Nature appears totally transfigured: rich and full of life as it was meant to be. It’s typical of Mr. Arreguin’s work. Contemporary liturgical artists could learn from looking at his work.

Some emphasize the cross, of course, when discussing our salvation but our redemption actually begins with the Incarnation, when God became man. That happened at the Annunciation but Christmas is when Mary gives him to us.

Mr. Arreguin is represented by The Linda Hodges Gallery ( His own website is .

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