The Clean of Heart

"Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God." 

-Matthew 5:8

oil on canvas
30 x 40 in

At the time of our deaths, the purity of our souls will be invaluable in determining our capability to become perfectly united to God. When we come face to face with the One Who is entirely unblemished, but still possess souls stained by sin, then we become incapable of uniting ourselves to Him. Therefore, for as long as we are on this earth, we ought to strive to cleanse our souls so that we may be more prepared to enter the overwhelming light and love of God.

This painting attempts to illustrate the progression of reaching perfect unity with God depending on the state of our souls. These souls are depicted as birds, which illustrate the notion of the soul "flying" from the body after death. There is a great mass of dark birds at the bottom, as- unfortunately- many die with a grave amount of sin still on their souls. However, many of these souls experience sanctification in Purgatory until they are pure enough to see God in all His light and glory- shining brightly like the sun. The birds begin to lighten in shade as they fly closer towards the sun, for they are gradually coming to resemble God- eventually to become one with Him and completely engulfed in His light.