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30 Days Challenge - Day 7

Author // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Saint Pope John Paul II

30 Days Challenge - Day 7

Day 7 is a painting of St. Pope Jogn Paul II 12x12 oil on Wood Panel. This is the pope that set our generation on fire for the faith. We are the Pope John Paul II generation. There aren't enough words to express how great this man is. Here are some words from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The longest reigning pope in modern history, John Paul II, took his message on the road, visiting 129 countries -- several repeatedly -- on 104 trips and logging more than 700,000 miles in a papacy that lasted more than 27 years.  Blessed John Paul died at the age of 84 at the Vatican April 2, 2005, the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday.

As the first non-Italian pope in 455 years, John Paul became a spiritual protagonist in two global transitions: the fall of European communism, which began in his native Poland in 1989, and the passage to the third millennium of Christianity. The day of his canonization is Divine Mercy Sunday -- an observance Pope John Paul put on the church's universal calendar in 2000 on the Sunday after Easter. The Polish pope was a longtime enthusiast of the Divine Mercy devotions of St. Faustina Kowalksa, whom he beatified in 1993 and canonized in 2000.

Pope John Paul also instituted the annual February 2 World Day of Consecrated Life, the February 11 World Day of the Sick and a World Meeting of Families every three years. But welcoming hundreds of thousands of young people to the Vatican for a special Palm Sunday celebration in 1984, Pope John Paul launched what has become the biggest international gathering on the church's calendar: World Youth Day.

In his later years, the pope moved with difficulty, tired easily and was less expressive, all symptoms of the nervous system disorder of Parkinson's disease. Yet he pushed himself to the limits of his physical capabilities, convinced that such suffering was itself a form of spiritual leadership. For more info click here

About the Author

Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz is an artist who has been painting for over 30 years. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with an focus on Illustration. He has a been a freelance Graphic Print and Web designer for 15 years.

Comments (3)

  • S Andrea

    S Andrea

    08 September 2015 at 14:32 |
    I bet that John Paul II is glad that Francis is our current pope!

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  • Janet Flynn

    Janet Flynn

    09 September 2015 at 13:41 |
    Amazing inspirational insight, Geoff. Your gifts are blessed and I am certain your Mom is watching over you with her joyous twinkle in her eyes and heart.

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    • Geoffrey Butz

      Geoffrey Butz

      09 September 2015 at 20:09 |
      Thank You Janet, I have wanted to do this kind of work for a long time, I draw a lot of inspiration from the saints. Your comments mean a lot. I feel my Mom watching over me, and I know she must be happy, along with my Grandparents Ruth and Carl.

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Thanks Ann, That means a lot. I haven't seen you and your family for a long time. We have good memories with you.

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I AGREE with Ann!!!!

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