Madonna and Child

Art work by Sister Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province


The August 19th edition of the New York Times published a heartbreaking photo of a small, traumatized Syrian boy, a victim of an air strike in Syria’s civil war, on the cover. Sister Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, an artist, responded by creating a collage that put the child in the arms of Mary and gave him a mother for our prayerful contemplation.

She found the photo of the Mary statue in the Art section. She calls the collage: The Times.  Sister Ansgar wrote, “I couldn’t leave that little Syrian boy without a mother,” and created this painting of Mary of Nazareth, revered in Islam as well as Christianity, comforting the boy.