Saint John’s Bible artist inspired to elevate God’s word

Calligrapher Donald Jackson was artistic director for the handwritten, illuminated Saint John’s Bible.

The world-renowned calligrapher and scribe to Queen Elizabeth II was taking in what he thought were a few moments of quiet between presentations. Rather, he found himself in the middle of a funeral Mass for one of the St. John's University's Benedictine monks.

Peering into the chapel from the gallery, Donald Jackson watched as the coffin was processed to the altar. "This monk was holding this fairly regular, cheap Bible ... I thought, 'You've got to be kidding. That little book does not look worthy of what's in it,'" Jackson recently recalled in a phone interview from his home in Wales.

Creative outlets provide enjoyment for shop owner

Art Loeffelman displayed some of his creations in the workshop at LP Tool & Die Company in south St. Louis County.

Art Loeffelman bounced around from one part of his metalworking and fabricating shop, LP Tool & Die, to another.

He points to a large, computer-operated machine that pinpoints 55,000 pounds of water pressure to cut holes in metal and the many products his company has made for its customers.

His talents are obvious to the many customers he's helped over his company's 54 years. He doesn't want any attention to himself. It's clear he's had enjoyment from his work and from other creative outlets.

Artist: God guides his brush, his work is a prayer

Stephen Otten started this painting while learning the technique of Leonardo de Vinci. The painting has much symbolism, including the woman representing St. Anne, the girl as Mary and the boy as St. John the Baptist. The blue ball in the center of the painting represents Jesus.

Stephen Otten's faith shines through in his work as an artist.

A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan whose art has been therapeutic, he is admired for his heroism, loyalty, creativity and deep and growing spirituality.

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