The Canvas of Life

My friend Joyce is a very talented painter. She focuses on abstracts and has the ability to combine unique colors and patterns in an emotional way on the canvas.

Her art is hard for me to explain. It’s really just a bunch of shapes and lines put together on a canvas. But Joyce is really good at what she does. She knows how to combine the right colors and right brush strokes and the right placement…and the right amount of love with each of her paintings.

Her secret is simple. Years ago she decided who she wanted to be as a painter. She thought about it long and hard, and even wrote down a mission statement for her work. She was clear and concise in her definition.

It was only after she had something that she felt truly passionate about did she actually begin her work. She couldn’t really “live her art” without knowing who she was as an artist.

This philosophy shows up in every piece she creates. It’s complex, it’s exciting, and its full of life.

Who are you as an “artist” of your faith? Do you have a philosophy for how you live your days? Are you passionate about your mission? Are you willing to work hard, every day, to accomplish your plans?

Do the results of your daily actions demonstrate who you are? Are you complex, exciting and full of life?

They say art imitates life, but sometimes we learn our best life lessons from art…and from the artists who create the work.



Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.




We Have a Mission

A Message from Kurt Peot

The greatest news ever received: the Messiah, as predicted by scripture and the prophets, has come in Jesus Christ, fulfilling all that was written about Him, and He has risen from the dead! He has set us free from our sin and returned us to being a part of the Trinity through Him!

After his resurrection, Christ was intent on proving to His disciples that His glorified body, while different in appearance and no longer constrained by space and time, is still physical, having flesh and bones. He encouraged them to touch Him, see Him and eat with Him. Certainly, no ghost can eat. A ghost would have been easier for the disciples to wrap their minds around than a physically resurrected Christ.

How is it for you?

Jesus suffered and died so that He could rescue us from our sin. It’s easy for me to think of Him as divine, and so of course, He could do and endure all that He did. But, as a man, it seems harder, darn near impossible. Yet, He did, because He loves us and loves the Father.

What does He ask of us in return?

We started on Ash Wednesday, “repent and believe in the Gospel.” Now, He asks us to go and preach the Good News, in His name, to all nations. The Good News that He suffered, died and rose from the dead so that we could spend eternity with Him and the Father.

We have a mission! We have been called! We have been sent! Where will we go today and to whom will we proclaim the Good News?

Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia!


Kurt Peot is a member of St. Dominic Catholic Parish. He recently was accepted into the introductory phase of diaconate formation and discernment.


The Upper Room

Imagine a group of men gathered together in one room. Imagine the conversations and the quiet moments. Imagine the anxiety at every small noise or large shadow.

Imagine the remaining disciples, living every moment in fear, locked in The Upper Room after Jesus was crucified and buried.

According to Mark, The Upper Room was a large chamber furnished with couches and suitable for a dining room. It was here in The Upper Room, only days earlier, twelve men and Jesus broke bread and drank wine together.

It was here in The Upper Room, Jesus washed the feet of the men He had traveled with over the past several years.

It was here in The Upper Room, Jesus declared that one of these men, men that he loved, would betray Him.

Scholars have often discussed the age of the disciples. Many have theorized that the twelve may have been a bit younger than Jesus. That would put the apostles’ ages somewhere in their 20’s at the time of the crucifixion.

Imagine young men in their twenties, locked together in fear, wondering what happened to their lives, wondering what they should do next.

And then they get their answer. And of course it happened in The Upper Room.

“Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20)

Today, many of us continue to live in our own Upper Room. We may lock the doors. We may live in some sort of fear. We may even wonder, what happened to my life? What should I do next?

But like the disciples, we have reason to rejoice. Because the next thing that Jesus said in The Upper Room 2000 years ago, He also says to us today:

“Peace be with you. As the father has sent me, so I send you.”

Jesus is sending us out into the world. He is entrusting us to continue His mission. He’s asking us to live our lives with God at the center of everything that we do.

That’s something that is easy to imagine.


Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.