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Haunting to beautiful: Icons inspire prayer

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by Renae Bauer

If you are looking for a new approach to Lent or a way to freshen up your prayer life, Sister Bridget Stumpf has a recommendation: religious icons.

It's an exploration she began about 15 years ago after receiving an icon of Jesus and the Blessed Mother from a niece. While appreciated and treasured, the gift was a bit of a surprise. Sister Bridget was familiar with the Western masters such as Rembrandt, Raphael, de Vinci and van Gogh, so she was hard pressed to see the same beauty in this particular art form, she told Sisters and Associates in a recent presentation. Story continues ...

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