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The Divine Mercy by Theophilia The Divine Mercy by Theophilia
“The Divine Mercy”
May 2nd, 2011
Roughly 12 hours
Ink and watercolors


“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” ~ Revelation 3:20

I was trying to get this one done for Divine Mercy Sunday (which was yesterday, May 1st, 2011) but alas, I had only just begun watercoloring it by late evening on Sunday. So I had to finish it today (and it took me the good part of today to finish as well) and then I wasn’t able to scan it on the computer until very late in the evening. :XD: So here it is, finally. I had made a picture of the Divine Mercy way back in 2008 and I thought it was rather, well, BLAH, so I decided to make another one for the Feast of Divine Mercy this year.( I’ll tell you what, I really run out of steam once it goes past the due date. :hmm: I was so excited to get it done on time and then when I wasn’t able to finish it my inspiration totally just crumped out on me so I had to plug through it. I guess that’s the only way to get anything done. ;-)) That aside, I’m rather happy with how it turned out, particularly Jesus’ face (which is based off of painter Joseph Fanelli's "Sacred heart of Jesus"), and the gothic tracery was fun, fun, FUN. Man, I love this stuff. It’s taking me a long time to do though. :XD: And guess what?! I found a really tiny delicate nib and its awesome and amazing and I am totally in love! :heart: :D So we’re gonna get some more detail work into my upcoming pictures. :D

About the Divine Mercy devotion though. This year was actually the first year I ever (remembered to) pray the Divine Mercy Novena so that was good. :D (Interestingly enough, I was just finishing up my Divine Mercy chaplet when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.)

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun [Saint Faustina Kowalska] , bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:
"In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, 'paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'"

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her:
"The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross....Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."([link])


“At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy ... In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary 1320). For the Divine Mercy Chaplet: [link]

"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...."


O Eternal Love, You command Your Sacred Image to be painted
And reveal to us the inconceivable fount of mercy,
You bless whoever approaches Your rays,
And a soul all black will turn into snow.

O sweet Jesus, it is here You established the throne of Your mercy
To bring joy and hope to sinful man.
From Your open Heart, as from a pure fount,
Flows comfort to a repentant heart and soul.

May praise and glory for this Image
Never cease to stream from man's soul.
May praise of God's mercy pour from every heart,
Now, and at every hour, and forever and ever.

~ St. Faustina, Diary: Notebook I


Two of my favorite prayers are:

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

“Lord Jesus, I desire to receive You into my heart. Through this union with You, I offer myself to the Heavenly Father as a sacrificial host, abandoning myself totally and completely to the most merciful and holy will of my God. From today onward, Your Will, Lord, is my food. Take my whole being. Dispose of me as you please. Whatever your fatherly hand gives me, I will accept with surrender, peace and joy. I fear nothing, no matter in what direction You lead me. I no longer fear any of Your inspirations nor do I probe anxiously to see where they will lead me. Lead me, O Lord, along whatever road You please; I have placed all my trust in Your Will, which is, for me, love and mercy itself.”


Jesus, I trust in you!
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:iconbelianis:
belianis Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Extremely distressing how so many people work extra hard NOT to deserve Divine Mercy.:( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, no one deserves mercy, especially Divine Mercy. But I understand your point nonetheless. More people do not receive God;s mercy because more people do not ask for God's mercy.
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nKhyi-naonZgo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like how the windows actually look like stained glass.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks! :aww:
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Radient-Red Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really nice, a pretty good homage to Fanelli's paining.

I especially like the Gothic cathedral look of the picture, as well as the flowers framing it. The pillars with stone leaves on either side of Jesus are also a good touch - did you know that the pillars in Gothic cathedrals are carved to resemble trees, since those cathedrals were built on the sites of pagan groves? This syncretism in Catholic art has always been really fascinating to me, and this picture pulls it off well. 
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nKhyi-naonZgo Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
In France, at least, there weren't any pagan groves to build cathedrals over. The Romans burned down all the Druids' groves starting with Caesar's annexation of Gaul (because Druids performed human sacrifice in the groves). And all of the Franks who took over Gaul (half a millennium later), except for Clovis' group (late arrivals, I think from a different part of wherever Franks came from originally), were already Christian, albeit Arian.

The pillars in Gothic cathedrals are carved to resemble trees because trees are beautiful, nothing more nor less, one of the countless ways medieval art tried to glorify the Incarnate God by the images of the creation he had entered. The syncretism in Catholic art is fascinating—when it exists. A lot of the time it's imaginary. Often assertions about such syncretism are a holdover from 19th century "Romantic Nationalism".
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :aww: Yes, cathedrals are so cool! :dance: I would love to see some of the great French ones one day. :nod:
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eduartinehistorise Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing god bless you art Love 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MichaelHaroldLuke Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This reminds me of the stained glass window in Beauty and the Beast. Excellent! And excellent name: Theophilia. It reminds me of Saint Francis de Sales Introduction to the Devout Life. Love the rest of your work, too. God bless!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: 

Ah! I LOVE St. Francis de Sales! :D

God bless you too! :glomp:
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miss-american Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent ! :clap: Cling to the Cross emote :D 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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miss-american Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome !
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Disney-MangaFan1906 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiloveitplz: YAY!!! I love you Father!!!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stop looking at Him. You did beautifully~
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stoked 
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Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this so much! <3 <3 <3 No words!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, thanks! :aww:
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Most beautiful.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pleasure.
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NowitzkiTramonto Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! ^^
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jakehunter Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
how wonderfull lovely detail in the arcs and an wonderful image of our master
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! :aww:
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KarlaBeatles Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Writer
I love you, love, love!!!... OMG, this is... I haven't words... <3
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: :meow:
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cosmictrick Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I love this!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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cheeky-princess Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Jezu, ufam Tobie!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have mercy on us!
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artelizdesouza Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What a blessed hand you have. Just beautiful.
Jesus, I trust in You!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! You're too kind! :glomp:
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOOOOOOOWWWW.... THIS IS AMAZING!! LOVE IT!!! :)

Such beautiful colours and so beautifully and splendidly done! This is amazingly beautiful and breathtakingly stunning! You're an amazing artist!

AWESOME JOB AND EXQUISITELY DONE!!! :)

:+fav:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :iconilikeitplz: You are far too kind! :meow:
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)

You deserve the praise for such stunningly beautiful and amazing art pieces! :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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SashaZombie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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darklordpfeifer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Wonderful. I wish I was as comfortable with working in color...
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I wouldn't say I'm really comfortable with color. I mostly just splash down paint and cross my fingers and hope it turns out good. :XD:
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darklordpfeifer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Artist
Well it comes out right, anyway...
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, thanks. :XD:
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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