July 2012 Prayer and Reflection

From the July 2012 cover of Living with Christ

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imageHolding on to Faith by Nellie Edwards Email: ImmaculataArt@hotmail.com www.ImmaculataArt.com

By Living with Christ Staff

After using her PC tablet and stylus to design tile inlay pat­terns for her sons’ tiling busi­ness, Nellie Edwards (1955- ) began experimenting further with her virtual canvas and brush to create works of sa­cred art. She begins with the subject’s face and, without using any preliminary draw­ings or visual aids, prays as the image unfolds. Edwards describes her creative pro­cess as a spiritual exercise, similar to that of writing icons.

In Holding on to Faith, Edwards depicts a peace­ful, prayerful Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), whose feast we celebrate on July 14. (She will be canon­ized on October 21, 2012.) Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” Kateri is here surrounded by lilies, a sym­bol of purity.

Kateri’s life was often one of struggle. A smallpox epidemic killed her family and left her with scarring and impaired eyesight. After be­coming a Christian, she faced such ridicule in her village that she made the decision to leave her home. But even through physical and emo­tional suffering, Kateri held on to her faith and continued to live a life devoted to Christ.

If you wish, sit quietly with the picture and reflect on the following questions:

  • When have life’s difficul­ties threatened to shake my faith?
  • When have I felt God’s peace in times of physical or emotional suffering?

Living with Christ Staff