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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"My past, O Lord, to your mercy; my present, to your love; my future, to your providence."
—Saint Padre Pio
I'm just getting over a nasty flu (ergo the lack of blog post this past week), and boy did it freak me out.
I was both excited and nervous to begin this painting.
After all, the Divine Mercy image is not based off a photograph of a famous person or even just a "nice painting"—Jesus himself requested that this image be painted, so that the world may know of his mercy.
"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be."
—Saint Therese of Lisieux
This is something I have pondered often, because motherhood—as any mother would attest—is far from glamorous.