Yesterday I went to a tribute to the late Pope John Paul II at the US Capitol. To celebrate John Paul II’s would-be 85th birthday as well as the recent Senate Resolution passed in the late pontiff’s honor, Sen. Sam Brownback’s office hosted the official public unveiling of a new icon, “Our Lady of Light.” This painting is intimately connected with the pontificate of JPII because it was inspired by the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary which he instituted in 2002. It also hung in JPII’s private library, at his request, during the 2004 Christmas season. Inspired by the Luminous Mysteries, Natalia Tsarkova, the official portrait artist of John Paul II, was commissioned by the Primavera Fine Art Foundation in 2004 to create this first of three pontifical icons. In the spirit of John Paul II’s regardfor artists, The Primavera Fine Art Foundation hopes to rejuvenate the religious art movement in America by commissioning and exhibiting Christian works of art across the nation. Proceeds will help support religious vocations in the Catholic Church. The painting itself is a beautiful and classically rendered allegory of hope, depicting the Madonna and Child eager to share the mysteries of light with humanity. The painting will temporarily on display at the National Shrine in Washington, DC. Details can be found on the Primavera Fine Art Foundation website.