A meditation in inkpen and marker

On Holy Saturday, my seven-year-old Juliana got up and, overwhelmed by the immanence of Easter, began to draw. The result (perhaps a new set of Mysteries for the Rosary, since there are five) has been pretty inspiring on my walls during this Octave; perhaps others will enjoy them too.

The soldiers torment Jesus before the Crucifixion.
The soldiers torment Jesus before the Crucifixion.
Jesus is crucified between two thieves. The thieves' responses to Christ are also depicted.
Jesus is crucified between two thieves. The thieves’ responses to Christ are also depicted.
The empty tomb; the heavens rejoice.
The empty tomb; the heavens rejoice.
The risen Lord appears to the weeping Mary of Magdala outside the tomb, and says, "I am."
The risen Lord appears to the weeping Mary of Magdala outside the tomb, and says, “I am.”
Peter leaps into the sea to swim to the risen Jesus on the shore.
Peter leaps into the sea to swim to the risen Jesus on the shore.

I have believed because I have read. Blessed are those who cannot read, and yet have seen.

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9 comments

  1. I only just now noticed her use of weather imagery to give the pictures cosmological signs of their theological meaning: the moon during the arrest, the storm at the Crucifixion, and the shining sun during the Easter appearances.

  2. I am an elementary school teacher on my first day of spring break. On Friday we were all counting down the last 30 minutes of school. While looking at your daughter’s wonderful drawings, I was reminded how important children are in our lives and in our faith. I was reminded why I’ve continued to teach for 35 years… love.
    Thank you Juliana! You are an inspiration.

  3. How wonderful to see the appreciation of these central events, and at so deep a level at this age. I was particularly struck the Resurrection “I am” – very insightful! If more families fostered environments that nurtured this kind of faith understanding and response, we would be fortunate indeed.

  4. I like how that one soldier has a really big grin while he thrashes Jesus. Do what you love, love what you do.

  5. Your comments have been delightful, and I’m sure Julie will really enjoy them too.

    Ron – I am glad someone else could be reaffirmed in their vocation by seeing these!

    Good advice, Kurt – I’ll go have them laminated this week.

    Joshua – of course this is the goal, but sometimes I feel like all I do is take seriously whatever they produce, and I am continuously surprised by it. So I am reluctant to take much credit! “I am” took my breath away.

    Abe – thanks for the belly laugh.

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