Shortly before their first child was to arrive, Michael O’Brien and his wife decided that Michael should take the risk of becoming a full-time Christian artist. With this decision they went to Mass and Michael placed his brushes under the altar and he and Sheila consecrated their whole lives and marriage to the service of God. As I enter into my Junior Capstone class in the spring, I think I should spend a vigil night before the Blessed Sacrament, like a knight would make the day before his knighting, asking for the grace of God for the battle ahead. I don’t know what art I can possibly make that will glorify God as I want to, but I will trust in the gift of the Holy Spirit, the giver of all good inspirations. I will pray as Michael did that I would not pursue success, approval, self-approval by the world’s standards, or even security, but that my one and only purpose and goal would be to serve God in whatever he asks, trusting that He will provide.
Art Notebook, 12/29/2019
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