Smiling Jesus

Smiling Jesus, Oil Painting by Sister Carol Datz, SSND

Most images of Jesus portray a very serious and pensive look upon his face. Several years ago I asked Sister Mary Ann Tantalo what I might give her in celebration of her jubilee. Her rapid response was, “Would you paint me a picture of a smiling Jesus?” That presented quite a challenge for me.

The gift I found in the process was a gentle, embracing, merciful Lord that looks upon us with a true, joy-filled acceptance of who we are. Somehow he happens to have a twinkle in his eyes that might be saying, “I know what you have been up to and I love you.” We are invited to embrace this intimate love and may we walk in His Way.

– Sister Carol Datz, SSND