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The Peoples Pope

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Pope John Paul II

5'' X7" Print on 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Media-Oil Painting


I was inspired to create this image of Pope John Paul II in 1983, because I had high admiration for this Christ-like figure. The Pope is someone who is not afraid to go out into the darkest areas of the world to proclaim the Gospel. He has been shot at, ridiculed, resisted, and persecuted, yet he keeps going out to bring Good News to the world. He continues to shine the light of Christ into the darkness.
I created this painting in my kitchen, while my four young daughters, under the age of seven ran, and crawled around my feet.
The painting was miraculously painted in ten hours. I felt the hand of God guiding my hand. At one point, I almost went back to improve the hands, as they reached toward the Pope. I wanted to make them look even more realistic. Others encouraged me to stop, because they felt like the hands were groping to get closer to this special man. I would have lost the energy of the gesture that these hands were suggesting.
The many hands trying to touch the Pope communicate the charisma this Pope has around people. Ten years after I painted this painting I was blessed to see the Pope at the World Youth Day in Colorado with two of my daughters, Jennifer & Maryann. I carried my painting in the vast crowd. I had one nun approach me and ask if I have other inspired works like the Pope painting. When I told her I did not, she retorted, " Then honey you've missed your calling!" Was God speaking to me?
This painting hung at the entrance of our home. A woman entered my home in August 2000. She stood at my door and wept as she gazed at my painting of the Pope. She shared the same love for this holy person. She asked me if I could make a print of the painting. She encouraged me to share this gift. Although I did not respond immediately, I knew God had sent her to nudge me to use His Gifts. 

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