In some of these, I was just so delighted to see favorite saints depicted--such as Augustine above. They are depicted so normally, with the skin tones they probably had (Augustine was African, after all), and in clothing appropriate to their time period and role (notice, for instance, John the Baptist's cloth).
|Francis and Clare next to each other. Notice how the faces and hands are finely distinguished, and the robes sort of blend in with the tapestry background.|
|This one holds two of my favorite saints--Catherine of Siena and Joan of Arc. I love Joan's look--so young, and the short hair of a woman who has turned herself into a warrior. She looks so innocent here, so vulnerable.|
|Ah. Philippine Duchesne. Seeing her depicted here, I felt like she was standing with me in the church, and it brought me to tears. I marvelled at being able to talk with her, to feel her presence with and in me.|
|Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs from around the year 200. Their story is amazing, but all the more amazing with such youthful faces in mind.|
|That's Kateri, next to Thomas More.|
|Our friend, Ignatius of Loyola.|
So, today, let us pray with the saints, that God's kingdom may come. Let us remember the beautiful, holy, and wholly ordinary people that make up the communion of saints--that great mystery in which we are united to one another across boundaries of time, space, and eternity.