Economy of Francis - Ingrid Basaldúa - present this Saturday at the event
On Saturday, October 2, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm, Italian time, the second generation of "The Economy of Francesco" will close with a global celebration in Assisi, and in many other countries. The project is an initiative that invites young people around the world, economists or not, to get involved and be protagonists of change by bringing God into the economic world. The artist Ingrid Basaldúa will paint live an image allusive to the theme, which she has kept concealed, and will reveal on Saturday.
October 2, 2021
Ingrid, you were invited to present your art live at the event The Economy of Francis which will be seen worldwide and will feature a special message from Pope Francis…
What is the Economy of Francis?
Internationally it is called The Economy of Francesco. It is an initiative of Pope Francis that proposes a sustainable and inclusive economic model, in which development is integral for our brothers of all nations, respecting their culture and supporting originality, seeking a balance between human and economic development and the responsible enjoyment of God’s gifts that come to us through the Earth.
This project is an initiative that invites mainly young people from all over the world, economists or not, to get involved and be protagonists of change by bringing God into the economic world with our Catholic values, with a Franciscan perspective and an austere and just lifestyle.
What is going to happen in Assisi this Saturday, October 2?
This Saturday we will have the closing of the second generation of The Economy of Francesco. For almost a year, young economists from all over the world have received comprehensive training from international experts, Catholic and non-Catholic, on issues related to society, culture, economics, sustainable development, and ecology. The main venue is Assisi but there will be simultaneous events internationally, connecting The Economy of Francesco community. There will be lectures and presentations of the projects on which they have been working at the international level. At the same time there will be cultural activities.
How are you going to participate in this event?
I was just invited to this great event last Monday. I was going to leave Europe in September, but Divine Providence had me stay an additional month. I had absolutely nothing planned. You have to let yourself be carried away by God’s foolishness. Corinthians 1:25. And I was invited to go to Assisi, and to paint during the Saturday event.
What are you going to paint and when?
I want it to be a surprise. But it goes along the lines of what Francesco’s Economy is and what we experienced these past months. Therefore, for you to get to know the painting you should tune in to the closing event on The Economy of Francesco YouTube channel this Saturday, October 2 between 1:30 and 5:00 pm, Italian time. They will broadcast while I paint.
How did this desire to paint arise in you?
It has been a journey and there is a life story behind it. I have been painting since I was six years old. I was a Mexican girl in an environment with very limited resources. Drawing was a good way to distract myself, to connect and to escape this hostile environment. I never stopped drawing and my technique improved gradually. I never went to an art school.
What about painting religious art?
Catholic art, like the one I do now, started when I joined the Schoenstatt Movement. This process of painting Catholic art has been an organic process guided by God’s hand. After the experience I had two years ago in Schoenstatt, Germany, I have felt the call for a mission quite present in my heart: To show God from my smallness and originality through the gifts he gave me. To carry God’s message and evangelize children and young people through art so that his beautiful image may reach the ends of the earth together with Mary, my trusted ally. She accompanies me even when I am afraid and I often ponder on how she fulfilled the mission God gave her. She is the bridge that leads me repeatedly to Christ.
Tell us a little about how you live this gift that God gave you through art.
It has not been very easy. When I learned about Schoenstatt, I wanted to dedicate my life to evangelization, and the truth is that it was very difficult and frustrating. I mean, I was finishing my career as an accountant! At that time my life looked really complicated. And then I had the experience of Schoenstatt Germany. I went back and continued with my work as an accountant but that feeling in my heart wouldn’t leave me. I went on with it.
Luckily, I had an excellent spiritual guide in my advisor, Sister Alejandra Chacón. But it was not easy. At first my family had a hard time understanding what was going on with me. A student graduating with honors in accounting school and, all of a sudden, I wanted to talk about God everywhere and start painting here and there? I don’t blame them, I’ve always been kind of a whirlwind.
Was it obvious what God wanted from you?
I asked Mary to intercede for me. To let me know if this was truly coming from God or if it was a longing of mine, if it was my ego that was driving everything. I must say that the figure of Father Kentenich and his story helped me a great deal to think about Divine Providence and the good that God always does for us. That even if “one somersault led me to another” in the end I was going to arrive in the arms of the Father. And God was glorified, and Mary was crowned.
And well I am here, for the glory of God. Now I feel sure that God wants me here because it is all for him and it makes me happy. I want to make God happy and that’s it.
What message would you give to young people?
That God is the most beautiful adventure of our lives. It is the only reason to fight and to exist. That they should never be afraid to risk their lives for God, that Mary is truly a mother and accompanies us, and that everything the good God does is always for our own good.
May God bless you brothers! Give your youth to the most rebellious cause: to holiness!