The Sculpting of a Saint

It is with great joy that I share about a project I have been working. This past week I have been finalizing changes to a medal I am creating to encourage devotion to a Guatemalan martyr, Padre Hermogenes Lopez Coarchita. Creating the original model out of clay, I carefully shift the material with the steadiest of hands in an effort to encapsulate his essence. Perhaps more importantly, it is late at night when I translate his diary word by word so that I may have a better understanding of his lifework. An artist must be familiar with her subject, especially one that lived a life filled with such grace. The communities that he served are composed of incredibly beautiful individuals. I don’t know if I have ever had as rich an encounter with Christ, or at least that which I recognized, as I did when I lived just a moment in these communities.

It’s such a small and simple effort right now, but it’s the least I can do to partake in the canonization efforts of this people. It’s terribly simple to become distracted by the cares and worries that fill our bubbles of lives, but we must persevere in search of this Beauty that is beyond what one can do by oneself.

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