"God's Little Pencil"


God's Little Pencil is a 30" x 40" oil painting; a collage portrait of Mother Teresa. No one image seemed to represent her legacy completely so I chose a collage.

Starting at the bottom left is God's hand with a little pencil. She often said, "I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world." She also said, "I'm like a little pencil in His hand. That's all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it. The pencil has only to be allowed to be used." What a love letter and legacy she was!

During her early years as a Loreto Sister, she encountered a homeless man while travelling. She saw him as Jesus in disguise pleading, "I thirst!" This would be a pivotal moment leading to serving the poorest of the poor. She saw Jesus in everyone. "Do small things with great love." It was her mission to remain faithful and quench the thirst of Jesus for souls and for love. It would quickly become a song of mercy sung around the world. By her final year on earth in 1997, Mother Teresa's Sisters totaled nearly 4,000 members within 610 foundations in 123 countries. Those numbers increase yearly.

Mother Teresa holding a child represents her great love of children: the love of teaching, the opening of many orphanages and children's foundations and her advocacy against abortion. Her early years as a nun included several years as a high school teacher. While starting to serve the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta she began an open-air school for slum children. Through the Mother Teresa Children's Foundation young lives continue to be forever changed. From one orphanage house in Calcutta alone several thousand children have been adopted. She believed adoption is an act of love and best way to fight against abortion. Her advocacy against abortion was bold and fearless. She spoke against it while accepting her Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 along with many other public speeches and private conversations. She has many quotes explaining how abortion is both a destroyer of peace and a great form of poverty.

She was very well known for her prayer life; especially during a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration often as early as 4:15 am. She and the Sisters would pray the Rosary the first half hour and the second half hour in silence. She continued prayer throughout the day as she worked; every breath, sigh and thought a loving prayer. She once said, "When I pray, God puts His Love into my heart and so I can love the poor. By praying!" How powerfully our Lord impacted the world through her daily prayer. She prayed this way even in her many days of loneliness and darkness; and especially those days. She never gave up.

The largest image depicts her and Jesus smiling. She loves Jesus dearly. Everything she did, she did for Him. "As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." Her greatest hope was "to give Jesus to all". She was initially uncomfortable when people interviewed her because she felt the more they focused on her the less they talked about Jesus. Eventually, she would see interviews as an opportunity to talk about Jesus and shine His light to the world. Keeping this in mind, it felt mandatory that any portrait of Mother Teresa must also point to Jesus. Therefore her largest image looks to Him. One of her private letters stated her belief in Jesus, "Jesus is the hope of Mankind, for He came to give us the good news that God is Love and that He loves us and that He wants us to love each other as God loves each one of us." As Jesus looks upon her work of love on earth, can't you just imagine Him saying, "VERY well done, good and faithful servant. VERY well done!"

This beautiful original 30" x 40" oil painting will give inspiration to any room, art collection or church.
God's Little Pencil is also available in various sized high quality archival photo prints made with hi-definition inks.

Original 30" x 40" painting for $4000


16" x 20" Photo Prints for $60


11" x 14" Photo Prints for $35


8" x 10" Photo Print for $20