Jezu Ufam Tobie by Stephen B. Whatley

by Sister Julie Ann on March 22, 2008

Jezu Ufam TobieThe Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature the oil painting Jezu Ufam Tobie (2002-Polish for ‘Jesus I trust in you’) by Stephen B. Whatley as their image for the Easter Season.  Stephen B Whatley is a professional artist based in London,U.K. His vibrant Expressionist oils are in private collections worldwide  and in public collections including BBC Heritage & The Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This painting is one of two in his collection with the theme of ‘Divine Mercy’.Visit his collection: www.stephenbwhatley.com

These paintings of the Image of The Divine Mercy were painted from my heart and soul and with deep prayer according to the instructions set  to Sister Faustina (1905-1938)by Jesus Christ in his visitation to her of 1931. Her diary has been a great source of strength and inspiration to me…”       – Stephen B Whatley, artist, London UK     http://www.flickr.com/people/stephenbwhatley/  

13 thoughts on “Jezu Ufam Tobie by Stephen B. Whatley”

  1. This Easter day we celebrate Christ, the King and Center of the universe; “Jesus is the MOTIF the Divine Architect was to carry out in the rest of creation.

    In Christ’s soul, God saw mirrored the choirs of angels, after his body, the visible world was sculptured.” (Wolter, Franciscan Christology 141)

    Our artist Stephen B. Whatley, surely agrees with the Franciscan theologian, John Dunns Scotus, in his proclamation;
    THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS FULL OF CHRIST!”

    Happy Easter of Jesus’ Resurrection!
    !Feliz Pasuca de la Resurreccion!

  2. The whole universe is full of Christ…from the rising sun and the green and yellow tipped crocuses finding a home in our Holy Family Convent courtyard! Don’t miss an Easter posting from Stephen from London…
    http://www.fscc-calledtobe.org/living/index.php/2008/03/01/father-why-hast-thou-forsaken-me-by-stephen-b-whatley/
    (You’ll need to scroll down, but it will be worth the slide!)

  3. Sister Marie Bernadette Dorn says:

    Dear Stephen,
    Your painting is beautiful. I love the devotion to the Divine Mercy, too. I try to read the Diary of Sister Maria Faustina because it is so inspiring to me. I read and re-read the book all year long. She had such a great love for Jesus that we can attempt to emulate. We have a large picture hanging in our convent home. We are served by the LaSalette Priests who seem to have a devotion to the Divine Mercy as I see pictures in most of the churches where they serve. Happy Easter and continue your good work!

  4. Pam says:

    What an amazing image of our Lord and Savior! He is purely radiant!! From that radiance, He showers us with His love and mercy. It is a penetrating radiance, one that is able to bring you into full union with the Lord. Even amongst the feelings of unworthiness there is a sense of belonging and safety, of love and acceptance of knowing that we can fully trust in Him for His radiance shines through us casting out all darkness and fear. Praise be to God this Easter and always!! Jesus I trust in You!!

  5. I love how you describe a relationship with the risen Jesus as a “penetrating radiance” Pam! May your trust in Him continue to grow deeper each day! Thank you for sharing your faith!

  6. On this Easter Wednesday we heard at Mass the gospel of the disciples on their way to the village of Emmaus! While they were walking they met Jesus, but did not recognize him until they spent time with him and “Broke Bread with Him”

    Perhaps their experience was a bit like our artist, Stephen’s art piece…one needs to spend time pondering and absorbing the colors, the image, the meaning of this man, God, Jesus in order to recognize his presence in everyday life. All thoughts are welcome…

  7. Marissa says:

    This is a truly inspiring image to have chosen for the Easter season. His use of yellows illuminating the canvas help to emphasize God’s radiating life and light during this Easter season. I am especially intrigued by the use of color on Christ’s face. The varying colors invite us to look closer, as we should be doing not only with the painting, but also in our fatih lives.

  8. I can tell that you must be “looking closer” at Jesus Life and Light in your life Marissa!
    It is great to hear from you!

  9. “Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace.” (St. Maria Faustina, Diary, 313)

    It is implied that anyone who is able to use a brush to create something beautiful is also touched with God’s grace. Thanks, Stephen, for publicly witnessing to your own relationship with God on this Divine Mercy Sunday.

  10. Terri says:

    This painting is really depicting the glorious light and life of Easter. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Jesus’ right hand resembles a dove. Also, Jesus is on the right-side of a bright light. I wonder if these three elements were intentionally painted to represent the Holy Trinity?

  11. Thanks for pondering this beautiful light-filled image of Jesus Terri! I’m sure that the artist appreciates your spiritual insights! Whether intentional or not, you are correct in seeing the Trinity, for wherever one person of the Trinity is, the others are there as well!

  12. Thank you all so much for your heartfelt responses to this painting I created…with much guidance from the Lord. All of your words are so perceptive and beautiful – and it is so interesting to hear how you interpret the painting. Maybe as a general answer I can only say my intention was to paint, according to the instructions of Jesus to Saint Faustina – but what followed -the colours, the expression-was not planned…just emerged through deep prayer. I truly ‘depend’ on God’s guidance. Jesus said to Sister Faustina: ” Depend on Me for everything; nothing you do, that is not in My name is worth anything..” – I feel His words are of great help when I know I , for one, can feel guilty for asking for help. Thank you so much – the intelligence, wisdom and sensitivity that comes from your deep faith moves my heart and soul, more than I can express. I thank Mark for introducing my work to you all…God Bless you all.
    My sincere & kindest wishes
    Stephen

  13. “Depend on Me for everything; nothing you do, that is not in My name is worth anything..”

    Stephen, I find myself, at times, wondering if I ask too much from Jesus? This quote, from Saint Faustina, is a comforting reminder that it is through our utter dependence upon Jesus’ love and mercy in our lives that life has meaning and future. Your openess in sharing yourself,your faith, through your gift of art is an example of God’s presence in the here and now! God’s blessings be with you!

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