Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - St Clare of Assisi

Patron Saint Retablo Plaque - St Clare of Assisi
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About the 'Saint Clare' Retablo Plaque

Long a popular folk art form in colonial Spanish and Mexican culture, retablos are devotional paintings depicting divine icons and symbols, particularly Catholic patron saints. Chosen as representations and guardians of particular occupations and life situations, patron saints are often turned to in times of need or to express gratitude for a blessing. Displayed in homes to honor the saint or given as gifts of fortune and inspiration, retablos reflect a beloved historical tradition and cultural artistry.

Made by hand in New Mexico, this retablo plaque honors Saint Clare of Assisi. An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon handcarved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging and a story of the saint's life.

At age 18, Clara was moved by the words of St Francis of Assisi. Against her wealthy father's wishes, she left home with her aunt and met St Francis at a chapel, seeking to devote her life to God. There, her cut off Clara's hair and gave her a plain brown robe and veil to wear. Francis placed her in a convent of Benedictive nuns. Her father came to force her home, but failed. Days later, Francis moved Clara to another convent. Eventually, her sister, mother, and other women joined her. Together, they lived a simple life of poverty and seclusion and became known as the Poor Clares. She emulated and cared for Francis whom she saw as a profound spiritual teacher. 

Canonized in 1255, St Clare is recognized as the patron saint of quilters, needleworkers, and against sore eyes. In modern days, the Order of St Clare continue to carry her name, with her feast day celebrated on August 11th.

St Clare's words: Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be you, my God, for having created me.

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~ Handmade in the USA ~

size: 3.25" wide x 6" high x 0.75" thick
weight: 4 oz.
materials: wood
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