Saint Francis Carving by Taos, NM artist John Tollardo

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St. Francis of Assisi Statue -- 16" with base

Carved out of Cedar by Spanish carver, John Tollardo. The carving is perfect to exemplify the simplicity of this man -- it is not painted, but gloriously crafted. This item is listed as new because it was packaged and stored until it was purchased by me. This is a beautiful statue with a removable cross. When it's shipped, the cross will be packed alone so it won't break during shipping. This item makes a beautiful Christmas gift.

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology. He was a Roman Catholic saint. Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally... (see Luke 9: 1-3) for his assertion regarding possessions. He was torn between a life devoted entirely to prayer and a life of active preaching the Good News. He decided in favor of the latter. Two years before his death, he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side. He lived a relatively short life, he died at age 44. On his deathbed, he said, "Be praised, O Lord, for our Sister Death." He sang Psalm 141, and at the end asked his superior to have his clothes removed when the last hour came and for permission to die lying naked
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