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For They Know Not Painting by Saundra Johnson

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Michelle Allison Smith

Michelle Allison Smith

"...The Good Samaritan of Christ's parable does not stop at sympathy and compassion alone. They become for him an incentive to actions aimed at bringing help to the injured man. In a word, then, a Good Samaritan is one who brings help in suffering, whatever its nature may be. Help which is, as far as possible, effective. He puts his whole heart into it, nor does he spare material means. We can say that he gives himself, his very "I", opening this "I" to the other person. Here we touch upon one of the key-points of all Christian anthropology. Man cannot "fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself"(92). A Good Samaritan is the person capable of exactly such a gift of self. 29. Following the parable of the Gospel, we could say that suffering, which is present under so many different forms in our human world, is also present in order to unleash love in the human person, that unselfish gift of one's "I" on behalf of other people, especially those who suffer. The world of human suffering unceasingly calls for, so to speak, another world: the world of human love; and in a certain sense man owes to suffering that unselfish love which stirs in his heart and actions. The person who is a " neighbour" cannot indifferently pass by the suffering of another: this in the name of fundamental human solidarity, still more in the name of love of neighbour. He must "stop", "sympathize", just like the Samaritan of the Gospel parable. The parable in itself expresses a deeply Christian truth, but one that at the same time is very universally human. It is not without reason that, also in ordinary speech, any activity on behalf of the suffering and needy is called "Good Samaritan" work." ["ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING OF HUMAN SUFFERING." 1984).

Michelle Allison Smith

Michelle Allison Smith

"When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. Then Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' " (Luke 23:33-34)

GJ Glorijean

GJ Glorijean

Saundra, Thank YOU for painting social justice... ACL stands in solidarity w/ you; however I try to maintain a policy of NO GVNS displayed, esp not pointed... This is a powerful artwork... Are you part of the Street & Social Documentary group they may display... Please share more of you important work. Isa 58, GJ glorijean

Saundra Johnson replied:

I totally understand and respect your no guns policy. This was a message that I had to paint regardless of who was offended.

Michelle Allison Smith

Michelle Allison Smith

O Pieta, have pity on poor sinners in need of Mercy! Jesus we trust in You!

Michelle Allison Smith

Michelle Allison Smith

Jesus, hold those who suffer Be close to them in their suffering Heal the world's wounds, O Wounded Healer

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