Watercolor and Colored pencil on paper
The Roman soldiers who crown Jesus with thorns are
bullies. Heaping on verbal, physical, and spiritual abuse, bullies
attack the soul.
This painting emerged from my own soul while on
spiritual retreat in the Sonoran Desert. In a major life transition,
my inner bullies, voices, and fears from past experiences of
emotional and spiritual abuse, returned to taunt and tempt me to
doubt myself and back away from a call to be a spiritual director.
In an emotional as well as a literal desert, I walked into the low
hanging branch of a cactus, embedding its spines in my forehead...a
crown of thorns.
In this shared experience of undeserved suffering, I
felt a deep bond with Jesus my brother. Together we won the
battle. I am now a spiritual director. I also handle bullies rather