Category: Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Abba Pachomius & Theodore – We Can’t All Be Thomas!

At a point in my life I was nearing unbelief- my faith was hanging by a thread. I looked inwards to God and screamed "I WANT to believe, just show me You're there. I just want to see You." Nothing. At another point I was very close to the saints- one desert father in particular. Even felt his presence and…

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Saint Basil the Great on Thanksgiving & Mourning

I know, I know, it's the feast of circumcision- but I had no idea what to draw for that! So I went with the next best thing- Saint Basil of Caesarea's feast day (Jan 14th)! The following quote is an excerpt from a homily by Saint Basil on thanksgiving and mourning- you can read the whole thing here. In a…

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A Hymn on the Nativity – Saint Ephrem

Merry Christmas! Here is a nativity hymn by Saint Ephrem the Syrian, it's a relatively long read but it's totally worth it! You can find English and Arabic text after the illustration. On a related note, this book (that includes this hymn) has a ton of wonderful hymns by St. Ephrem the Syrian. يا ابن الواحد... إن فمي لا يعرف…

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Old Traditions & New Beginnings

  Old Traditions: Near the end of every year, my mother & grandmother plant several types of beans in cotton and water them daily until the new year comes. I don't quite know when/why/where this tradition started- so I'm not going to make it up. I do know, however, that it symbolizes renewal, life and new beginnings. It's to acknowledge…

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Lettering My Graphic Novel

My lettering process Here’s a little progress shot of my lettering process. I usually have a pretty good idea of how the page looks when I’m penciling it on paper, but oddly enough it ends up looking totally different in the end. I scan my inks and load them into Photoshop to start cleaning up the page and getting it…

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