This is an image of St. James the Greater, the Apostle for whom the Camino de Santiago is named. He’s dressed as a pilgrim with hints of his episcopal regalia as an Apostle.
St. Christopher and The Child Jesus
According to Legend, St. Christopher carried a small child across a great and turbulent river. Hoisting the child on his shoulders he nearly sank under the weight. Upon reaching the shore, the mysterious child revealed Himself to be Jesus, and the weight was that of the Cross.
Jesus Christ Conquers All Things.
This is an image of Christ The High Priest. He’s vested as an archbishop and the abbreviations stand for “Jesus Christ Conquers All”. Above His head reads phrase in Latin: “Ego Sum Rex” or “I am King.”
St. Thomas à Becket, 2018
Fr. Bill Blanda Trading Card
This was part of a limited edition trading card. Well, there’s only one…this one of Fr. Bill Blanda, a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette.
This Meddlesome Priest
St. Thomas á Becket was the Archbishop of Canterbury. At first, he was quite happy to ride and carouse with his pal, King Henry II. He was named Chancellor of All England and archbishop so that the king could stack the proverbial deck of cards.
But then something happened. Thomas realized that he had indeed been called to the priesthood and to the honor of God, even before honor of his friend the king. After ruling against the king in several matters of ecclesiastical court (over which the king had little influence if his friend the archbishop didn't allow it) Henry II mused with his barons that somebody should "rid me of this meddlesome priest".
One of those barons took the king at his loose-lipped word. Thomas died at vespers, refusing to submit to the king's whim.
St. Stephen was the first martyr of Christianity. He was stoned to death while witnessing to the truth of Christ’s coming in the flesh and resurrection from the dead. As he as dying, he imitated the disposition of Christ looking with forgiveness upon those who cast the deadly stones.
He holds a palm branch, a symbol of martyrdom and is vested in a dalmatic, the traditional vesture of a deacon of The Holy Church.
There is also a faint crown visible above his head, a reminder that those who witness to Christ by the shedding of their own blood merit a crown in heaven that surpasses that of earthly gold.
St. Stephen the Martyr
Another sketch of St. Stephen receiving the crown from the Christ child. This was drawn in such a manner because the feast occurs on December 26, within the Octave of the Nativity of Jesus. I thought it was a neat image and decided to draw it.
Simultaneously, the stone that will take Stephen’s life is readying its impact. No crown offered by Christ comes without great witness and the cross.
Pope St. Felix I
Santa Versus Arius
There's a legend that says St. Nicholas punched the heretic Arius at the council of Nicea in 325AD when the famous schismatic espoused the belief that Jesus Christ was not God.
Mary, The Immaculate Conception
The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, 2018
Saints Basil & Gregory
Pope St. Sylvester I
St. Louis the IX Writing to His Son
From a spiritual treatise to his son by Saint Louis:
“My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength. Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin.
If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it. If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either through vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend him in the matter of his gifts.
Listen to the divine office with pleasure and devotion. As long as you are in church, be careful not to let your eyes wander and not to speak empty words, but pray to the Lord devoutly, either aloud or with the interior prayer of the heart.
Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Be just to your subjects, swaying neither to right nor left, but holding the line of justice. Always side with the poor rather that with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. See that all your subjects live in justice and peace, but especially those who have ecclesiastical rank and who belong to religious orders.
Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father. Work to remove all sin from your land, particularly blasphemies and heresies.
In conclusion, dearest son, I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil. And may the Lord give you the grace to do his will so that he may be served and honored through you, that in the next life we may together come to see him, love him and praise him unceasingly. Amen.”
Breviary, p 1347-8. Office of Readings for The Memorial of St. Louis IX
Jeff Blackwell has been a friend now for many years and a well-known disembodied voice on countless radio and television spots all around the English speaking world. Jeff’s heart is of a grand calibre and his desire to lift up others makes him a honored subject to caricature. Keep talking, Jeff!
This was a gift to one of my friends who witnesses the Faith in so many simple ways. He’s in the traditional pose of an Eastern icon in recognition of his great love for the Christians of the East. Roberto bears a bulletin from his favourite parish church and a bag of spirits from the LCBO, a store where he worked at the time this work was made.
Chase "Bomber" McCann & Blippf
This was stuck in my head for a few days. So I decided to put in on (digital) paper. A friend's children helped to name him and his little buddy. Now I'm working on a webcomic about his adventures.
Here's Mercury (or Hermes) for day one of Inktober 2017
Peter Parker waves.
After The Avengers: Infinity War, I drew this.
The Captain Approves
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Ignatius was a soldier who happened upon the writings of the saints and Holy Scripture. He laid down his sword and offered his life to God. He would become the founder of the Society of Jesus.