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Lady of Revelation by Katie Sahm

20x20 acrylic and string on canvas​

For this piece, I was inspired by the imagery in the book of Revelation. “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…” This woman in Revelation is about to give birth to her son while a huge dragon with seven heads waits to devour him. But God protects them both, taking the son up to Himself and preparing a place for the woman. Then the battle between Satan and the angels begins.

In our culture, the protection of women and the unborn is so needed. This truly is the battle of our day. All around there seems to be images and agendas that attack and devalue life, true femininity and the vocation of motherhood. May we all continue to pray for and support those who bring life into this world and remember that the victory has already been won by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life!” 

- St. John Paul II

Blood and Water by Katie Sahm

20x20 digital print on metal

 The heart of Jesus, lit aflame, as if every cell, vein, ventricle is about to burst with His love. All it needs is the soldier’s lance, a wound to open this ocean of mercy.

By His precious blood we are made new, cleansed from the inside out. The living water brings new life and growth in the depths of our souls. This Blood and Water is an ever flowing grace from the very heart of our Savior. This is not just some abstract idea about God’s love; this is Jesus’ actual human heart full of His blood and water, which is poured out at His death for you and me. And furthermore, we receive this gift every time we participate in the Eucharist.

What a BOLD love He has for us. And we boldly respond to this love with, “Jesus, I trust.”

I love the colors of this piece, so bold and vibrant and in stark contrast to the darkness surrounding it.

“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.”

 

- The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Courage, Dear Heart by Katie Sahm

18x24 acrylic and string on canvas

 

The title of this painting is from one of my favorite scenes from C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The sailors of this vessel find themselves approaching a great darkness, an all-consuming black mist with no end in sight. Instead of turning course, the captain decides to go forward into the unknown. Terror and despair gripped the hearts of the men aboard ship and all seemed lost when, despite their efforts, they couldn’t get back to the light of day. Lucy, the youngest on board, in the midst of her fear whispered a prayer that they may be saved. Suddenly, a tiny speck of light appeared with an albatross that flies near Lucy and she hears “courage, dear heart” in Aslan’s voice (who represents the Lord). The bird then guides the ship toward the light and all wondered at why they had been so afraid.

This life is filled with new adventures around every corner, some that delight our souls, and others that cause great fear. In the darkness it is difficult to remember our destination and that all we encounter is passing. The Lord never leaves us to fend for ourselves, He is with us always and gives us just enough light to continue on one step at a time.

 

"The world is thy vessel and not thy home.”

– St. Therese of Lisieux

The River by Katie Sahm

24x36 mixed media on canvas

Using a mixture of inks and acrylic paints, I have been experimenting with how to portray water in new ways. When finishing the particular painting, the Flannery O’Connor short story, The River, came to mind. This story reminds me of how the waters of Baptism draw us in to a deeper desire to find our true home with Jesus Christ in heaven.

Jesus himself was baptized in the River Jordan and millions over the years have gone to the river to enter their new lives in Christ through the sacrament of Baptism. The many layers of this painting draw the viewer into the water, just as the love of God draws us to take that first step in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ through the sanctifying waters of Baptism.

“When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand. Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.” 

 

- from the hymn, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

18x24 acrylic and string on canvas

Mary, at the angel Gabriel’s word, submitted herself completely to the will of God. Her ‘yes’ opened the gateway for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

In this painting, I imagine the incarnation, the rushing in of the Holy Spirit, the moment of the two becoming one and creating God in the flesh within the womb of this woman. There is so much movement and energy in this piece, it almost looks as though it is pulsating, expanding and contracting rhythmically, as a heart. This was no ordinary conception.

Let us be like Mary, humble, open, and willing to say ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call in our own lives.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

– Luke 1:39

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