Pope Francis gave a blessing to an unusual statue by Timothy P. Schmalz last week. It shows Jesus as a homeless man. I read about the statue in a New York Daily News article and realized that I had heard of the artist.
Three-and-a-half years ago, I wrote about the artwork Schmalz created for St. Albert the Great Parish in Knoxville. The pastor, Fr. Chris Michelson, is obviously a fan of Schmalz. Some of the artist’s work can be seen at the churches where Fr. Chris was previously assigned.