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My wife Emily and I currently live in Morrisville, NC with our son Evan. In July of 2010 my life changed dramatically when Emily and I adopted our beloved son. As a consequence of this life change I have not updated this blog for a long time. As Evan has grown, and new expenses have been introduced, I have decided to again accept commissions from those of you who would like to have original work done. You may request work by contacting me at davemyers1977@gmail.com, and I am also beginning a new website to promote this service at artisservantportraitsandmore.blogspot.com - I currently charge $225 for 11x14 drawings and $175 for 8x10s. I sell prints of my work (either from this site or the new one) for $25 11x14 and $20 for 8x10. I hope that you will enjoy the works here displayed, that you will visit my new site, and that you will contact me with your comments at davemyers1977@gmail.com - Dec 30 2011

Monday, April 20, 2009

A HEROIC CONVERT: THE LATE CARDINAL LUSTIGER, ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS

This drawing is a gift for the Papal Nuncio in Washington that was commissioned by a friend of mine. I included with the image a version of the recently completed 2nd "Year of the Priest" drawing (posted below) which I translated into Italian using the Pope's address where the special year was announced. (www.vatican.va has most of the Pope's messages and writings in all the major languages of the world, and I believe it was presented in Italian) I am hopeful that the Nuncio, if he feels it is appropriate, might share that image with the Pope! (I can dream can't I?) I also sent some prayer cards made from drawings I have done in the past.

The late Cardinal Lustiger, who is here portrayed, was a very dear friend of the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. Lustiger was a Jewish convert to Christianity and became the only Jewish convert in modern times to become a bishop in the Catholic Church. He was archbishop of Paris for many years before retiring in the early 1980s and was made a Cardinal by John Paul II in 1983. When I say he is known as the only Jewish convert in modern times to have become a bishop I believe what is actually meant is that not since Peter and the other Apostles has there been a Jewish convert to Catholicism who has been consecrated Bishop. I may be wrong - you Catholic P.I.'s out there can correct me ;)

What IS certain is that for his faith in Christ Cardinal Lustiger sacrificed much, being disowned by his family and many of the Jewish people. On top of this he experienced distrust from many of his Christian brethren because of his Jewish origins. He isn't shown carrying the cross because of this, but his life certainly fulfilled Jesus' words ''he who would my disciple be, let him take up his cross and follow Me.'' Indeed, by suffering through these things, the Cardinal became a great force of ecumenism between the Jewish and Catholic faiths.

He is carrying the cross in the drawing because the photograph I worked from shows the Cardinal taking part in a ''way of the cross'' procession in which several different people take turns carrying the cross from station to station in a meditation on Christ's sacrifice for all of us. In the original photo you can see others helping him with the burden. This image was chosen to work from because it was one of the Papal Nuncio's favorite images of his old friend, whom it is clear he loved very much. Pray that God will bless this image to be a reminder to the Archbishop of his great friend. Theirs seems to have been a shining example of Christian fraternity and charity.

1 comment:

  1. A striking image ...I can see Christ in his face filled with the fire of God's love. According to EWTN's "Christ in the City" both he & Pol Pot attended the same school in Paris. Amazing how both men could attend the same lectures and become polar opposites in life.

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The Vocation of the Artist

I firmly believe that art is meant to serve others, especially in lifting the hearts of people, through "ephiphanies of beauty," (John Paul II's letter to artists) to the contemplation and the glory of God. The artist participates in a unique way in the inspiration of the Creator of all things, and knows something of His joy in the act of creation, for "the act of creation is an act of love."(The Agony and the Ecstacy) This act is essentially bound up with the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus, in which what had been invisible was made visible in His person, His life and work, and finally in His death and resurrection. The artist is exhorted by the very perception of his gift to its service. Art is not merely, nor should it ever be, a vehicle for selfish ends or cheap shock and awe, but it must seek to give joy to the lives of others. The artist is then in the end merely a servant of truth, beauty, and goodness, and his work must serve to convey these to a wider audience. "Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 15-16)I believe that the artist finds in the lives of Jesus, and of His foster father Joseph, essential role models, especially in their hidden life at Nazareth. Though very little is handed down to us in the Gospels or in tradition illuminating this period in Jesus' life, I believe that this hidden, simple, carpenter's life of "working quietly" (2 Thessalonians 3:11) can be a model for all artists, in which delight is daily sought in the manifestation of beauty in wood, paint, charcoal, dance, the stage, and music. This is a life of humility, where the artist freely accepts that this world, including his own work, "will pass away," (Matt. 24:35) but what it points to never will. Obedience to inspiration, especially as it is inspired by God's Word (itself the revelatory self-expression of God) is the artist's highest calling. This new site is dedicated to this higher calling of the artist, to this challenge.

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