Pen and ink illustration
Some acrylic painting
Sculpting in polymer clay
My Testimony: (We encourage members to share briefly about how their faith in Christ has impacted their lives.)
Craddle Catholic who has had several periods of re-birth to greater levels of spirituality within his Catholic Faith. Basically, discovering things that were always there but never fully understood, like a child growing and becoming more aware of the world around him.
It all really began painfully. A failed relationship, questions of faith, and the discovery to answer those questions. Everything in the relationship was all right until a proposal for marriage was put forth, then the Catholic Boy grew horns and became Satan himself to her parents. Questions asked, questions answered. A rediscovery of the faith and theology that my parents taught me originally and I had to research on my own... I discovered many Reformation Era rumors still persist about Catholicism...
The relationship failed due to a lack of unconditional love. Hearts broken, and I deployed to Kuwait (when it rains in my life it pours, but that was a good deployment...) in 2002. I was at the lowest point in my life, and actually thought about suicide. Yet at that moment Jesus was there when everything else was in tatters. I subsisted spiritually on the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Christ, reference John chapter 6, the Bread of Life sermon) and prayer (and music by Zao, Project 86, and Living Sacrifice). I ceased to be purely religious and moved into the truly spiritual realm, albeit in a very dry and dark and lonely realm (I was a Mass, but alone, the odd man in the unit).
After returning from the desert the first time, I tried to rekindle a relationship with the woman, and failed miserably and very nearly brought us both to ruin, again. Broken hearts a second time. Then I found a new church to go to Mass.
Instead of the chapel on post, I went to the college Catholic Student Center. I go from a virtually dead spiritual realm at Mass to a vibrantly ALIVE Mass. Young people, my age, doing more than crossing 't's and dotting 'i's by attending Mass weekly. They were all yearning for the same thing I was. A close relationship with Jesus, partaking in the Last Supper and accepting the Bread of Life.
I met my wife there, at a Bible study (one of the false stereotypes is that Catholics don't study the Bible...) two weeks before I left for Korea. When I came back for my mid-tour leave from Korea I proposed. She loved the same things I did in the right order. Christ and his gift of the Bread of Life, running long distances, and guns...
Since then, I've been at my current state. Still struggling for more growth, yet incredibly thankful for what God has given me.
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
Favorite Comic Creators:
Doug Ten Napel
SIMPLE ANALYSIS Webcomic by Michael "Sudsy" Sutherland
Consider the words of C.S. Lewis:
"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased."
Welcome to the CCAS my brother. I definitely enjoyed you sharing your life experiences. You will find some very talented brothers and sisters in the Lord on this site. I pray that you make some great connections here. If you have samples of your work, I would encourage you to post them. I will be praying for you and your family. Now may the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ richly bless you and your household as you grow in the knowledge of Him.
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