OUR STORY …
Most people think caricature is entertainment. Of course, they are right. But caricature has a spiritual side too. It is rooted in identity.
Let’s talk about the spiritual side of caricature.
IT IS WRITTEN …
Jesus asked the disciples about His identity twice in a single conversation (Mt 16:13-17). “Who do the people say I (Jesus) am? And who do you say I am?” (paraphrased)
Those questions are not unlike the ones caricaturists often hear when they are doing their thing. It turns out that caricature is inseparable from identity!
The Bible tells us that we have all been made in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:27). This poses a great challenge. While each of us is unique, we all share a common likeness.
How does a caricaturist balance the unique nature of a person with what is common to all mankind? How does the caricaturist reconcile the sacred with the secular? And perhaps most challenging, how does the caricaturist solve this great riddle — in five minutes or less?
LIFE GOES ON …
Every time we sit with a person to draw their caricature, we have the privilege of looking into their eyes. The Bible tells us that those eyes are the window to their soul (Prov 30:17).
We expect to catch a glimpse of God in their eyes. We look carefully so that we might see. We see so that we might share. We are aware that people often watch us, hoping to see what seems like magic to them.
So caricature is a big part of the work on Catholic Roads. To be sure, we don’t always get it right. But even when we miss the mark, our friends get a gift. They have the opportunity to consider their identity.
By the way, in case you were wondering, the caricature at the top of the page is Fr. Mitch Pacwa, of EWTN.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!