From the beginning, the creation of the sculpture revolved around the question “Who is to hold the cross?” We tend to see the death of Jesus through Michelangelo’s Pieta, the portrayal of Mary, the mother, holding the lifeless body of her Son. But in the reality of this journey, we are closer to the weaknesses of Mary Magdalene than to the holiness of the Mother of Jesus.
A few weeks ago, Terri and her husband Carlos traveled from Lubbock to Seguin. They left with “Mary Magdalene at the Cross.” Thus ending one chapter of the story “The Cross for The Road to Emmaus.” Terri will present the sculpture for the first time in February 2012 to participants in the Road to Emmaus Retreat. We will of course update this blog with the next chapter of the story.
Thank you, Terri for you are an inspiration and a blessing. May God be with you and the wonderful Carlos.
Marika and Dennis
A Closer Look
Mary Magdalene at the Cross
Mary Magdalene at the Cross
Marika with Terri the guardian of the sculpture
Terri with Mary Magdalene at the Cross
The Cross for The Road to Emmaus is nearly complete. After a few more applications of wax and polishings the sculpture will be complete.
Right front view
This installment shows the sculpture part way through the sanding process.
Right side view of sculpture with cross
Left side view
This third installment shows the sculpture at the very early stages of sanding.
Sculpture taking form
View of Back
View from above
The road that leads us to this particular cross begins with Bob, Ryan and Dan traveling the backroads for Texas Country Reporter. One day they pay a visit to Marika’s studio in Seguin. From this interview they create and broadcast to a viewership of 1.4 million an Emmy award winning segment, “Carousel of Life.” On a Sunday morning in Lubbock, as Terri and Carlos prepare for church they see and hear a sculptor from Haiti describing her passion for creating wood sculptures. Marika’s sculptures and her words resonate with the couple.
Terri tells her husband that if she receives the call to lead a “Walk to Emmaus” retreat, she will ask Marika to sculpt a cross for the event. Before receiving the call, Terri visits Marika in Seguin. She asks her to make a cross for the “Walk to Emmaus” explaining it is a retreat to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. The cross plays an integral part in retreat ceremonies and rituals. As a lay leader, she is responsible for providing a cross.
Not long after, Marika hears the good news from Terri; she is Lay Director for the Women’s Emmaus Walk.
With ideas from Terri, Marika prepares two concept drawings. One is a hand holding the cross; the other is a hooded figure holding the cross. In both cases, the cross is removable from the figure holding it.
Terri decides on the hooded figure.
Emmaus Cross Drawing 1 Hand
Emmaus Cross Drawing 2 Hooded Figure
The second installment will include photos of the first cuts to make the hooded figure.