The Good Shepherd and Saints by Catholic Artist Reynaldo Alaniz

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

April 22, 2023

In this Easter Season Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight Catholic artist Reynaldo Alaniz, Austin, Texas.  First, we share a video of his sculpture of the Good Shepherd from start to finish. The artist considers his art a prayer. Second, find two of his favorite works featuring saints: St. Francis of Assisi Statue and St. Teresa of Calcutta painting. The Gospel texts chosen for this Easter time direct us to find comfort and answers for our faith in our human senses. May your eyes see the Lord in these works made with human hands and in the gifts of creation.  


The Good Shepherd

“A good shepherd is tender; he has that tenderness of closeness, he knows the sheep one by one, by name, and he takes care of each one as if it were the only one, to the point that when he returns home tired after a day of work, and realizes that one is missing, he goes out to work again in search of that one, and carries it back home with him, on his shoulders (see Lk 15:4-5). This is a good shepherd, this is Jesus, this is the one who accompanies us all on the path of life.” -Pope Francis

St. Francis of Assisi

“I am as I am in the eyes of God. Nothing more. Nothing less.”

St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” 

About Reynaldo Alaniz

Reynaldo was recently notified that he was selected to be one of the fellows in the Emerging Teaching Artists program in Austin, Texas. He is also delighted to have been accepted into graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, he is a contributing artist to the Cabinet Oak Live Auction and Celebration.

We invite you to check out his website and be inspired by others of his beautiful art creations in various mediums. 



Article Comments:

Reynaldo Alaniz 04/23/2023 @ 10:21 am

Thank you , Sister Julie. Ann for all the work the good sisters have done , are doing and will do. I am convinced that the species has survived because of the strength of the women . The Catholic Church has also endured because of many faithful nuns who gave their lives to the mission.
Again, thank you for posting my work on your blog. Rey Alaniz


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