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 photo 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.
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
Saint Mother Teresa. Where to even begin talking about her life.
I feel like everyone knows who she is and what she did, but I remember distinctly the times when I thought Mother Teresa and Saint Teresa of Calcutta were two different people. They’re not.
Mother Teresa joined the Sisters of Loreto at 18 years old with the hope of being a missionary in India, and soon was assigned in India where the sisters taught a bordering school.
When she made her final vows, she took the name Teresa after Therese of Lisieux, the patron of missionaries.
After 22 years serving, teaching, and being headmistress even, Jesus appeared to Sister Teresa and told her to serve the poor and live among them. It was an order. A clear call and Sister Teresa knew to ignore it would be to break the faith.
She began the process of asking permission to leave the Sisters of Loreto and to begin a new order (which is much more complicated than you might think – she had already made final vows, which as the name states are, you know, final.)
Of course, we know she got permission and began the Missionaries of Charity. Almost immediately she became overcome with desolation (a spiritual darkness where it feels God has abandoned you) which lasted until her death.
But she never faltered. Never gave up the call within the call.
She knew from the past the Jesus deeply and truly loved her, that He had given her this mission.
And so she embraced her cross of loneliness and doubt and would often reflect how this is what the poor always feel, which only made her better at loving them.
Within a few years her order grew beyond the capacity of the first convent, sparking a fire around the world. By her death there were thousands of sisters in 450 convents worldwide.
Out of this all, those 22 years of formation before her second call stand out. As a young person discerning my vocation, the temptation is strong to both be impatient and to think that once decided, it will be the same til I die. But Mother Teresa proves that all happens perfectly in God’s timing. That all has a purpose. And that it is enough to simply serve those right in front of you today.