This work is a profound and illuminating conversation between two Catholic artists who are also gifted writers. The setting is a house in the woods near Combermere, Canada. The two men are alone, free to explore the wellsprings of Christian art and the suffering that its creation entails.

This moving discussion between the two artists and writers is not theoretical. It lays bare the anguish and the joy of a life lived in the service of an artist’s vocation. Includes an eight-page art insert.

Christ and the Church ask Christian artists to be willing to suffer in order to give birth to such works. In the age of comfort and materialism, many artists draw back in revulsion from this invitation and, like the rich young man in the Gospel, turn sadly away. They fail to understand that within the mystery of suffering with Christ is hidden a great joy, and inexhaustible riches.
— Michael D. O’Brien, from Remembrance of the Future


About the Author

Michael D. O’Brien, iconographer, painter, and writer, is the popular author of many best-selling novels including Father ElijahStrangers and SojournersElijah in JerusalemThe Father’s TaleEclipse of the SunSophia HouseThe Lighthouse, and Island of the World. His novels have been translated into twelve languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

Clemens Cavallin is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also an artist who studied at the Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg, and he paints mostly portraits and works commissioned by churches. He is married and has six children.


Product Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ignatius Press (20 Aug. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 117 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1621644847
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1621644842
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.43 x 0.95 x 18.42 cm