St. John Paul II
"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation to know that he cannot waste this talent." St. Pope John Paul II.
St. John Paul II is the Patron Saint of Array of Hope. Being involved in theater during his young adult life, he had a special love for the arts. He believed in the importance of family, marriage and the arts, which directly coincides with the mission of Array of Hope by spreading the gospel through the arts and music.
St. John Paul II writes in an open letter to Artists in 1999:
"Artists of the written and spoken word, of the theatre and music, of the plastic arts and the most recent technologies in the field of communication. I appeal especially to you, Christian artists: I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man."
"In Christ, God has reconciled the world to himself. All believers are called to bear witness to this; but it is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art, to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed."Saint John Paul II, pray for us.