Communion a painting donated by the artist, Shari Golub-Schillinger (Siena College, Class of 1986) to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the DORS Initiative.
The image represents the idea of many leaves but one tree. I realized that the images in the painting convey the tenets of the DORS Initiative.
· Diversity- each leaf is different and special, just as each individual human being is different and special.
· Optimism- the light beaming from behind the tree, signifies that there is always God’s light within and around everything, even after darkness
· Respect- the Franciscan respect of nature and the beauty all around us is part of our legacy from St. Francis
· Service- we serve each other, because like the leaves on the tree, we are all individuals, yet we are connected. Serving one, impacts all
The following scripture quotes from the Bible also inspired the artist.
“but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:1
“We have come to know and believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love, remains in God and God in him.” – John 1:16