It Will Hurt

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." 

-St. Teresa of Calcutta

watercolor & colored pencil on paper
23 x 29 in (18 x 24 in w/out frame) 
2018
$350 ($200 w/out frame)

Suffering is not just an end within itself, but a means to produce and nourish greater love. Since we are all created by Love, out of love, to love, and to return back to this Source of Love, we should not be afraid of fulfilling our call to love. Bear in mind, we will know we are exhibiting True love when it hurts, for True love inherently entails suffering since it reflects and participates in the love of God- that love which led Him to willingly suffer and die for our sake. As such, there will always be something beautiful in the love that is developed from pain.

This drawing attempts to depict the reality that true, agape love can only be forged through pain and suffering. A pair of bruised, bleeding hands hold onto each other as red roses blossom from the open wounds. These roses represent the love and beauty produced from the wounds, and they in turn give new life, as portrayed by the butterfly coming to rest on one. Initially looking at this piece, one will likely first be drawn to the beauty of the flowers, while the underlying wounds remain less noticeable- this represents how the love produced from the pain surpasses the wounds it grew out from. I have also received an outside perspective state that the wounds seem to resemble "reversed stigmata;" I find this idea interesting, as Christ's Stigmata is certainly proof of His love, suffering, and Death for humanity.

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