A beautiful portrait of Saint Gemma
A friend in St Gemma named Lisa Thomas kindly agreed to share a beautiful portrait of Gemma that she drew in 1992. I reply to my question regarding what motivated her to make the drawing she wrote:
"I never heard of St. Gemma before I purchased the book by Ann Ball, "Modern Saints Their Lives and Faces". When I saw Gemma's picture on the cover I immediately fell in love with the celestial beauty of her countenance. I was taking some art classes at the time and wanted to learn to do portraits. I thought she would be the perfect subject since I wanted to capture as best I could the beauty of her eyes. Whoever said the eyes are the mirror of the soul knew what they were talking about. I don't believe I captured her features as perfectly as I would have liked , but I tried my best. What I did do was out of love and admiration for this gentle saint."
(*Note: click on the portrait twice to enlarge it)
-I would like to sincerely thank Lisa for sharing her drawing with us.
'Yes, I love the Cross, the Cross alone, because I see it always on Thy shoulders. I see well, my Jesus, that all my love is for You and Your sufferings.'
'The Wounds of Jesus speak to me with such sweet violence that I should like . . . Oh my Jesus, I should like my heart to be possessed with but one desire, such as the saints had, that I might be able in some way to love Thee.' -St Gemma Galgani