Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel 2019
Two notes this July.
s#1 Art Workshop Promotion & Sales. IHM (Immaculate Heart of Mary) Conferences. Showcasing my workshops and art to home-school (homeschooling) families.
#2 My Dad passed at the rich old age of 87. He was crippled from a stroke in 2001 and had developed bone cancer more recently. He willingly and heroically offered up his suffering to God in a jovial way- when not in pain.
I had the great honor of assisting him at death on July 7th during the wee hours of the morning. This was after praying the Divine Mercy chaplet and other appropriate prayers next to his bedside where I had been keeping vigil. In addition to being anointed several times, Dad was wearing the brown scapular and more.
Sometimes I am asked if the artworks that I've created are just nice pieces to hang on a wall or if they have deeper meaning to me and others. In short, I can affirm positively. Through the various seasons of life they do aid in prayer. Over the years, I've received feedback and testimonies regarding their effectiveness and the joy they've brought. Further, even as we go about our daily lives and are in service to others, like here, a viewable image can be a reminder to pray- if only briefly.
The funeral home coordinator printed Christ Savior (or Redeemer) on the front of Dad's funeral holy card. This was an icon that I occasionally worked on or discussed in dad's presence among others. My dad always liked to see what I was doing and so began my "hospice projects".
Christ Savior wasn't the first holy card image request, however it will be the most dear one. For the back my mom chose Psalm 23, "the Lord is My Shepherd".
Out of necessity, I slowed down during these months. Now that Dad is heavenwards, I will restart "on hold" projects while continuing with prayers for the repose of his soul and/or asking for his intercession. Someone told me that my Dad will be closer to me now than before. I think so.
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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