Summer 2016 Orthodox Illustrations: Part 1
Part 1: May
This visual medium gives me a chance to explore moments and emphasize parts of saint stories that are often missed, parts we don’t necessarily stop and think about when we quickly read an Orthodox saint story.
Saint Demiana is the patron saint for my current grade 5 Sunday School class, and even though her story is full of lessons to be learned – this moment below is what struck me as most impactful. The way she stood up to her father’s lack of faith, and had the courage to tell him that his decision to deny his Christian faith is not okay. That’s real courage.
Saint Demiana takes a stand for her faith
“I consider no other labor as difficult as prayer. When we are ready to pray, our spiritual enemies interfere. They understand it is only by making it difficult for us to pray that they can harm us. Other things will meet with success if we keep at it, but laboring at prayer is a war that will continue until we die.”
Saint Antony the Egyptian
“Saying that God turns away from the sinful is like saying the sun turns away from the blind”
That’s it for May’s drawings! I’ll be posting the rest of my summer pieces in 2 or 3 more posts. Lots more to cover! 😀