Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WOYWW: Do You Know Saint Apollinaris?

 I cut up an old sweater and used glue to attach it to paper.

 And here are pieces of an old pair of shorts
that I cut up and glued on to paper too.

I am going to make some flowers 
and make a flower canvas 
like the one below.

"A sower went out to sow." Matthew 13:3

Jesus spoke of a farmer sowing seeds on different kinds of soil, until finally the seeds fell on good soil and yielded grain a hundred fold. One saint who was like that farmer was Saint Apollinaris. He was amazing! Saint Peter ordained him Bishop of Ravenna. Many miracles of healing followed where he went and he won many to the Christian faith, but at what price?!

Unbelievers and idolaters were so furious with him that he was beaten cruelly several times until he was half dead. He was captured and forced to walk on burning coals, he was stretched on a rack, and plunged into boiling water. Even if he was driven from Ravenna, he would return and be subjected to all sorts of torture just to get rid of him. He was hacked with knives, imprisoned in a dungeon, left to starve, attacked with stones on his mouth so he would stop preaching! Through all this, Saint Apollinaris was Bishop for 26 years. He is one of the first great martyrs of the Church. Can you imagine how powerful and stirring his homilies would have been?

Thank You Lord for the example and inspiration of the saints and martyrs. Even if today Christians are not tortured, may there be enough evidence to convict us of being Your disciples!

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!

I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:



  1. I was going to compliment you on your stitching.. but good recycling !! Have a lovely day. Helen #4

  2. Love the thought of you cutting up an old sweater and sticking the flowers on the paper, Patsy.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #5

  3. What a clever idea to use up old clothing like that. Look forward to seeing the end result. Elaine no. 14

  4. Yes, I sometimes wonder how I would react to torture and death if I was challenged about my faith. I suppose the Lord would sustain me, but I admire people like that. Did you read the book about the Chinaman who was persecuted (and still is but he has left China now and wrote a book).
    Have a great week,

  5. What a great way to recycle old garments - I love patterned fabric too! I have an old batic skirt that no longer fits - with a lovely turtle pattern, but I don't want to cut it up yet - in case somehow I manage to lose some weight, LOL! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #28

  6. What a great use for old things! It will be interesting to see what canvas you come up with.

    Sharon K #37

  7. Great idea for recycling the sweater. Love the art journaling pages. Happy Wednesday, LisaDV #33.

  8. Love your recycling it looks great. Have a great woyww, Angela x 19

  9. Thank you to the intro to St A. First time, and I taught saints at church! Love your appliques.have a blessed day, donna #41

  10. Patsy, what lovely recycles! And I love your message! Have a very blessed rest of the week! :) Felicia, #40

  11. what a great idea, recycling, always comes in handy! this is why we crafters are hoarders! :) love the canvas too. Lea #50

  12. Your art is so different and cool. Thanks for the story as well. So interesting...Dorlene #34

  13. Very kewl how that canvas will turn out once you have all the flowers ready for it have a wonderful day hugs Nikki 1

  14. Well, what a great idea! I love the fact that you're recycling with style :-) The canvas is fab!
    Hugs, LLJ 11 xx

  15. AWESOME recycle! Very Inspiring as is your Saint picture and story. I am working of a altered deck of cards, 52 Saints!! This will take me awhile :)
    Happy Creating!!
    Kim #54

  16. Oh how totally clever an idea is that! Love the canvas idea, and often wondered about the method for the ones in your blog header!

  17. yes, I'm not the only one who cuts up her clothes when I'm done with them. The flower canvas is beautiful.Happy WOYWW from Vicky #34

  18. Happy woywdw. What a great ide for old sweaters.

    Lilian B #20


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