Today I am going to tell you a legend or story about the things that are seen in his picture. Look closely at the picture which you see above and follow me as we go along. The first thing we look at is the writing. Over our Lady's right shoulder you see some Greek letters. Those letters stand for Mother of God. By our Lord's head you see some more letters, those stand for Jesus Christ. Above the angels' heads are their names. On the left of our Lady is the Archangel Gabriel. On her right the Archangel Michael. Now look at the Infant and tell me what you see? Is He smiling? No. Does he seem to be upset about something? Yes, Is there anything the matter with His sandals? That's it . . . one of them is hanging loose. If you look very closely again, you will see why He is upset. And so would you be. Have you got it yet? Look at what the angels are carrying in their hands. Gabriel has the cross and nails of the passion. Michael has the reed, sponge, and spear. Now do you know why he is distressed? This then is what the picture means. The angels, Gabriel and Michael, appeared to the Infant Saviour and showed Him the things He was to suffer. Although He was God and afraid of nothing, in His human nature He was but a child, smaller in this picture than some of you. Christ knew all His life that He was going to suffer and the thought of it haunted Him. The Infant in the picture recoils from pain just as did Christ in the garden, when he said, "Father, if Thou wilt, remove this chalice from Me." The Child then did what you would do. He ran to His Mother. He ran so quickly that when Mary bent to pick Him up, one of his sandals came loose. Just one more point. Mary in the picture is not looking at her Child. Her had is turned toward Him just a little. She is looking straight at us as if to say, "See how He clutches my hand in His? So must you. Run to me always and I will shield you from all evil now and at the hour of your death."
~ Heavenwords, Imprimatur 1941 ~
A coloring picture for the children can be found below.