A work before dying

DSCN0651Hidden in a niche in Rome’s Basilica of Saint Sebastian is a little-known Bernini treasure: his “Salvator Mundi,” or Saviour of the World. I rather happened upon it by accident, popping into a cool church to find relief after a long hike on the Via Appia and being captivated by a hauntingly beautiful bust.  Bernini, I found out later, called it his “Darling.”  Sculpted shortly before his death at the long-ripe age of 82, he wished it to be sum of his artistic endeavors and a final testimony of his personal love for Christ.

Perhaps it is not the most-visited Bernini work in all Rome, but it is the work that Bernini most loved. What will be the final work of your life? Will it be an expression of the love that has motivated you all your life?

About Melicia Antonio

Melicia Antonio is a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi. She studies theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
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