The Restless Heart at Rest


This grand altar in a tiny side chapel in Assisi, all marble and flowers and soft colors, has a stillness so profound you can almost hear it.


Original oil painting on stretched canvas. Printed on semi-gloss archival paper in a variety of sizes with the option of a white conservation mat.

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This grand altar in a tiny side chapel in Assisi, all marble and flowers and soft colors, has a stillness so profound you can almost hear it. Nothing sounds but your own breath. Beauty abounds and the worries of the day fades. Our hearts are restless until they rest in You, says St. Augustine.

Though the day’s light shines through the windows, time has been put on pause. All elements in the chapel point to the tiny tabernacle covered in gold within which resides the Real Presence of Jesus. The candles march out in perfect order drawing you out to the windows which angle in with the slant of the walls, pulling you back to the marble dome, down through the crucifix to the tabernacle. A pause, a beat. Then farther down to the tomb, across the altar cloth, up the flowers and back down to the tabernacle. In and out. Our breath follows the flow.


The Italy pilgrimage was marked with long walks and closed churches. so this was a particularly special moment. We had driven up to the top of Assisi and walked the path down to the town that St. Francis would have walked daily. It’s a longo walk. Assisi is a convoluted town. It’s breathtakingly gorgeous, and perfectly preserved as a medieval town, but that means all the roads are winding and confusing.

My group got a little lost, found one church that was open, and then finally this one, St. Clare’s I believe, where we met up with more of the group. We had finally settled down for some prayer after all that walking, and I had just started to draw this altar which had so enamored me for the movement the flowers and candles and windows and dome were creating, when the group started to leave.

Having to content myself with a quick photo, I couldn’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. It was the first church I almost had the time to sketch, and we had to leave.

But looking back it was really good to have just taken the photo. This is one complicated altar and my minuscule journal was not ready for it. And when on pilgrimage, much like life, resting first is more important than getting things done.


Beautiful 11″x14″, 8″x10″, or  5″x7″ print with the option for a white mat frame of conservation quality attached to the prink with all archival, acid-free adhesives.

Printed on high quality 100% cotton paper on a 10-ink pigment based inkjet printer, this print is of archival quality and as such will not fade or deteriorate even 100 years later.

Shipped in a rigid cardboard mailer with cardboard backing. Sealed in plastic sleeve.

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 12 × 7 × .5 in

5"x7", 5"x7" with a mat (outside is 8"x10"), 8"x10", 8"x10 with a mat (outside 11"x14"), 11"x14"


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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

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Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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