I attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In every year of college with my social justice club at Rockhurst University, and each year I heard about the Jesuit martyrs’ story. I learned more about them through research for the portraits I painted of them for my undergraduate thesis project in 2006.
I’m still inspired by them today. They are up there with the saints and the people who are role models in my life — ordinary people living extraordinary lives. There’s something very inspiring about that — a person who is living their calling, and then they become a martyr and are known all over the world. The six of them were excellent examples of the power of living your calling and trying to follow what God is asking you to do.