On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang.
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Painted from a public domain painting of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.sacredart
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
St. Gabriel Possenti of Our Lady of Sorrows – One of our simplest Saints. Born in 1838 before St. Therese of Lisieux, he nonetheless ended up having a spirituality very similar to hers – in his words, “Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things but of doing the ordinary well.”
Before he entered the Passionist order, he was popular and very worldly. In his younger years he twice promised Our Lady that he would join a religious order if she obtained for him a cure – he was very sickly, and these two times near the point of death.
Both times he was healed and both times he put off joining an order.
But eventually he kept his promise after hearing Our Lady ask him in his heart why he was still in the world.
At the age of 18 he joined the Passionists congregation, and grew immensely in the spiritual life. But before long it became clear he had tuberculosis, a deadly disease which he welcomed with joy for he had been praying for a slow death so as to prepare himself spiritually.
He was a great source of edification of his classmates who all made time to spend with him at his deathbed.
And at the age of 24 he died, almost entirely unknown except to his fellow brothers of the congregation.
His sanctity resounded, however, and his fame spread through the local area. Soon the order put through his cause for canonization and in 1920 he was canonized.
Nonetheless, his life made such an impact on a young St. Gemma Galgani, that she prayed to him for a healing of an illness so bad it was preventing her from joining an order. He appeared to her one night and healed her, and his intercession has obtained many miracles through the ages.