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In celebration of Catholic Schools week, we share with you the artwork and reflection of student Madeline Hammell.


Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart devotion is very important to me. I went to Academy of Sacred Heart for grade school, and I now attend Cor Jesu Academy. The photographs on my artwork are a mixture of depictions of the Sacred Heart displayed throughout the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Cor Jesu campuses.

The pictures on the left of the heart are from Cor Jesu. The pictures on the right are from the Academy of the Sacred Heart. All five elements of the sacred heart are represented on this canvas; the wound, the thorns, the fire, the cross, and the heart itself.

I ripped a hole in the canvas to represent the wound. It symbolizes that life is not always perfect, but God’s love is always there, pouring out for me. The Sacred Heart has been, and will be with me no matter where I go.

The Bible passage coming out of the wound reads, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. This passage emulates the wound element of the heart. The wound represents how Jesus literally poured his love out for us. Much like the symbolism of the wound, this passage states that the whole reason Jesus came was to give himself to us completely. The words are pouring out of Jesus’s wound just as his love pours out of his heart.

Artwork and Reflection by student Madeline Hammell