The Test of Greatness

This seemed like a very appropriate quote today. It’s the day after the Canadian federal election, and more than a few people—especially those of us in the west—are feeling disappointed at the results. But whether you voted Liberal or Conservative, Green or Christian Heritage, I want to remind everyone that the government does not have the power to save us. Policies will not save us.

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The Two Faces of Femininity

I was born into an age when radical Feminism was already in full swing. Having achieved suffrage and the right to work, gained easy access to birth control, divorce, and abortion, made sexual promiscuity, lesbianism, and rejection of matrimony commonplace, and have in virtually every other respect estranged women from their biological and spiritual motherhood and put her on level playing field with men, you'd think that the debate around gender equality would have cooled down a bit. Yet, here we are, 20 years into the 21st century, and terms like "Feminism" and "toxic masculinity" are still used with increasing frequency and urgency.

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God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

We live in an age of globalization, a time when anyone with an internet connection can garner thousands, if not millions, of followers. What power that is! And so we face two temptations: the first being that we might implement world-wide change without God's help—if only our voices are loud enough. The second is that I cannot make the change that I want to if I do not first gain recognition on a broad scale.

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Catherine Doherty Creative Process + Time-lapse Video

When I was growing up, we had a little calendar sitting in the kitchen window with a quote from Catherine Doherty for every day of the year. I remember my parents telling me to do the "duty of the moment". Her small snippets of wisdom blessed my childhood and continue to inspire and challenge me to this day. When I was asked to do a portrait of her, I felt no hesitation!

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The Hidden Saints Initiative

I was a fairly ordinary child, in that I didn't particularly enjoy doing chores. My family had a slogan for when one of us kids dared whine or complain. "What is the duty of the moment?" my parents would ask, and give a meaningful look. (Us older kids also happily applied it to the younger children.)

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“Saint Francis Xavier” Creative Process + Time-lapse Video

I will admit that when I was first contacted for this commission, it didn't immediately jog inspiration. I wasn't overly familiar with Saint Francis Xavier and he hadn't been on my radar as far as paintings I was planning on doing in the near future. But God had other ideas—within the space of a few weeks, his name came up unexpectedly several times, affirming that this was a painting I was supposed to do. His feast day passed, for one, and at the end of prayers one normal Rosary Group meeting, a friend asked for his intercession—not anyone else, just Francis, even though we almost never do the intercession of the saints. I can take a hint!

As I researched into his life a little more, I became captivated by his passion and enthusiasm. I borrowed the novel Set all Afire by Louis de Wohl and I officially fell in love with this incredible saint.

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What does it mean to be saved?

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast."
— Ephesians 2:8-9

Around the same time I began painting St Francis Xavier, an innocent comment on a Baptist friend's Facebook post sparked a friendly debate about the nature of justification and sanctification. I was about four messages in when I realised I needed to do more reading before I could adequately articulate my understanding of the mechanics of salvation. I soon found myself on an unexpected journey of intense reading, praying, and writing as I dug into a question I have often taken for granted: What does it mean to be saved?

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Why Should God Care About Your Problems?

Few obstacles keep people away from belief in God like the problem of evil. How can we claim that God is love when every day there are people dying in terrible accidents, children being abused, and every other kind of suffering imaginable?

To top it off, Christians have the audacity to ask God for help with the most trivial things—like finding their car keys or doing well in a job interview. Why would God care about your pathetic issues when there are kids dying somewhere else in the world?

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