This is a signed print of an original oil painting depicting a St. Benedict crucifix laying in a bed of roses.
This image is saturated with symbolism.
1. The Cross represents the recalling of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Cross is a symbol of Christ's Eternal Sacrifice that he made out of His love for humanity.
2. Click here for information on St. Benedict and his medal.
3. The blue spray represents batism. "Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." CCC #1213
4. The red spray represents the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the "source and summit of the Christian life". -CCC #1324. The Eucharist nourishes spiritually and offers us not just a relationship, but true intimacy with our lord Jesus Christ.
"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the Bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible."
St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 110 A.D.)
5. The roses represent Our Blessed Mother, the Ark of The New Covenant, Mother Mary, the Mother of Christ's Church.
My hope for this image is that it will be set apart for holy use.