Sister Corita Kent – what a gem

In our recent ‘Creative Day for Women’, participants were issued with their very own handmade wild & grace book and pencil to be used as their journal to hold their words, thinkings, inspiration. On one of the pages (near sentences from Rumi and Wind in the Willows) was this fabulous criteria created by Corita Kent.

Below I share more snippets of this heavenly woman, some images, some guidance, and a concise profile…
“Artist Corita Kent, member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was known as Sister Corita or Sister Mary Corita. She combined sacred and activist ideas with her silk screen for popular art and posters in the 1960s. Fellow artist Ben Shahn described her as a “joyful revolutionary.” She designed the 1985 “Love” stamp, reportedly the best-selling postage stamp in history (Jone Johnson Lewis).”
Some of Sister Corita’s guidance/words…

• Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

• Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

• Maybe we are less than our dreams, but that less would make us more than some Gods would dream of.

• Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.

• That’s why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness.

• A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it.

Art - Sister Corita Kent


  1. wow, what a marvelous woman, a real gift to her students and fellow teachers, thanks for sharing her wise and humorous words with us, words to live by… and I love her impish smile, a true saint!

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