In keeping with the celebration of Easter, today I begin the series on works by Marjolein Bastin, an internationally acclaimed artist who is renowned for her ability to capture nature scenes in an uplifting and inspiring way.
Since it is the day after Easter Sunday, it seemed appropriate to start off with a post on an ornament done for Hallmark in 2004, called "Thirsty Cardinal." This ornament is particulary fitting to think about at this time of the year. On Good Friday, just 3 short days ago, we hear the words uttered by Christ on the cross "I thirst." In her now famous vision on the train, Mother Teresa hears these words spoken to her by Jesus and she immediately understoond them to mean that Jesus thirsts for souls. These words and this understanding became her motivating guidance through the decades of service she offered to God and the world. She went in search of souls for Christ.