Life's little coincidences and serendipities can be very special. One such seredipity happened recently with the painting above.
I created the painting about eight years ago for a mentor at my college. The painting depicts Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in 1980 by the Salvadoran government while saying mass. I had painted it as a thank you for helping with my Jesuit martyrs painting project, but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture. My mentor moved to Central America, we lost contact, and I thought that was it - never seeing that painting again.
And then a couple weeks ago someone from my college mentioned seeing a painting I had done of Oscar Romero. I tried correcting them saying the only painting I had ever done of Romero was a gift, and there was little to no chance it was the same painting. But amazingly it was the same painting. My mentor had come back to the college for a visit and gifted the painting to campus ministry. And eight years later, I have a picture of my Oscar Romero portrait. I'm hoping to get an official picture taken so I can make prints; we'll see how that goes.
It feels appropriate that this painting would come back to me (in a way) while I'm working at a center named after the Archbishop. Life is funny sometimes.
For more information about Archbishop Oscar Romero and his recent beatification, click here.