I realize before I begin here that this is totally a First World Problem so please understand that it is not a major thing going on in my life, nor is it anywhere near a big problem (I have lots of much bigger problems, trust me) but it’s just a minor blip that I wondered if anyone else has run into.
One of the places I go to Mass regularly has installed a big Mary statue in the main worship space. It’s not some “modern” depiction of Mary, it’s a lifelike statue, good workmanship, I suspect it may be older or from another church and was donated or perhaps provided cheap to the chapel where it is. I pray in front of it a couple times a week.
The thing is, this Mary statue has an annoyed expression on her face. The statue bears a physical resemblance to a couple of people from my childhood - one a teacher, another a classmate - who were often kind of disdainful of me in grade school, and they would get this same pursey-faced look as the chubby-cheeked Mary statue has. I’m more used to Mary statues having a sweet or neutral expression rather than them looking like someone about to scold.
I’ve thought perhaps it’s a motivation to pray for these “difficult” people from my past and also maybe Mary is being annoyed with the state of the world, and also I know Mother Mary would not be annoyed with me kneeling before her to sincerely pray and that I’m free to picture Mary looking like any one of the other thousands of images I’ve seen of her in my life or as something from my own imagination. But I just can’t help noticing this pursey-faced Mary.
Anybody else had a statue in their life that was traditionally made (i.e. not some bizarre piece of “modern” art) but that just looked “off” to them? This is a first for me.