Yesterday was All Saint's Day, a national holiday in the Philippines (see my previous post about it). We had a four day weekend (yay!) and to celebrate, I made some Artist Trading Cards of Saints, a Madonna and Child, St. Monica and St. Therese of Lisieux.
St. Monica is the mother of St. Augustine, and I painted her praying since she is well known for praying for Augustine when he was still wayward and as he says himself, lazy.
St. Therese is called "the little flower of Jesus" and she believed that it was not necessary to accomplish heroic acts, or "great deeds", in order to be holy and to express her love for God. She wrote,
"Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love."
One of my favorite quotations was found in a card in her prayer book, "Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Nothing is wanting to him who possesses God. God alone suffices."
To take a peek at more desks, drop by Julia's Stamping Ground!