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This was the warm welcome Pope Francis received as he arrived to a packed Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Before celebrating Mass, he made his way through the crowds, blessing some of them along the way. In an emotional moment, a couple shed tears as Pope Francis blessed their ill child, as thousands looked on.
Referencing the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Pope reminded Christians that God and the Church are also present and alive amid the chaos of big cities. He asked that foreigners, the sick, poor, vulnerable, homeless and the elderly not be overlooked.
Stephen B. Whatley is a remarkable and a multi-talented artist. His colorful artwork spans an array of topics from Christian Tributes, still-life, portraits to landscapes and cityscapes.
Stephen resides in the UK while his art is in many private collections throughout the world including the USA. His artwork has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, The London Times newspaper, and his tribute to Elizabeth Taylor was featured on CNN.
Stephen's commissions include Buckingham Palace and a series of 30 paintings for Her Majesty's Tower of London to name just a few.
I recently ordered two collectible prints from the artist which arrived from the UK on Friday. The two signed prints include Our Lady of Lourdes and The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point, New York. The vibrant and multihued prints of Our Lady will add a colorful and uplifting presence to my home. The prints of Our Lady are quite stunning!
Stephen's new painting of Saint Andrew is one of many brilliant portraits of saints that he has painted in recent years.
However, his beautiful cityscape of the Avenue of the Americas, NYC, painted in January of 2013 is refreshing and puts
a colorful perspective on one of my favorite
cities! My wife, Teresa and I often visit New York City to see Broadway shows and
enjoy lunch or dinner at Carmine's on West
44th Street. The new pastel painting is reflective of the ambiance that Manhattan has to offer while visiting the city.
If your interested in original art or prints of Stephen B. Whatley, please visit his website and view his Online Gallery.
The following new paintings and description is reprinted by permission from the artist:
The artist felt compelled to pay tribute to this apostle (see image on top) - sometimes
called the first friend of Jesus - with prayers and great compassion
for a dear friend, Andrew - a devout Catholic from Ireland - who has
been fighting throat cancer.
Painted on the Feast Day of St Andrew - November 30, 2012 ( also the
National Day of Scotland) - the artist viewed various historic images
of Saint Andrew that reveal him usually depicted in late middle age
often carrying the cross, upon which he was crucified. He was also
inspired by the statue of Saint Andrew in St Patrick's Cathedral, New
York City - which features strongly in the romantic Hollywood feature
film, Miracle In The Rain (US 1956).
St Andrew was known for his self-effacement and generosity and is
Patron Saint of fishermen, and rope makers.
The most recent work in a series of paintings and drawings of New
York City by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley.
This drawing - made on the first day of 2013 - was inspired by 3
drawings made on location in October 2010 from the edge of Central
Park, looking up the Avenue of The Americas, more commonly known as
6th Avenue. Captured here, below the eclectic mix of architecture, is
one of the horses and carriages that passed by as Stephen drew - a
romantic feature of this area of Manhattan.
The story of Dorothy Day depicts a passionate woman, always in search of truth. As a journalist, her journey could have her become Church's first journalist saint.
“She was a great writer and American journalist, who was not Catholic. She was an atheist and a socialist, who was very involved in the worker movement. At a certain point she converted to Catholicism and created a large movement working closely with workers, and with the poor, through a magazine called the Catholic Worker.”
She had a tough life, and even underwent an abortion. But after her conversion, she changed her life. In addition to the magazine, she also established soup kitchens and shelters where victims of the Great Depression could eat and sleep. She also advocated actively during the Second Vatican Council to condemn war.
“She worked with a group of women from all around the world and from different religions to pressure or lobby the Second Vatican Council, and to make a statement for peace and to condemn war, which until then the Church had never done. They achieved it.”
A woman with a strong will, she never stopped fighting her entire life for causes she deemed as just. Her stance is supported by “Women, the Church and the World,” a supplement to the Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper.
“We published a page from her diary where she talks about how they were invited to an audience with the Pope, and he addressed them. That was, in fact, the last audience of John XXIII, and it took place precisely with those women who asked for peace. They were very happy.”
Dorothy Day died in New York City in 1980, at 83 year old. Precisely there, in her hometown, the canonization process has started. And her supporters are expecting good news soon.