Patron Saint Retablos Plaque - St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Patron Saint Retablos Plaque - St. Kateri Tekakwitha
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About the 'Kateri Tekakwitha' 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 St Kateri Tekakwitha. An original design by the artist, her art print is decoupaged upon hand-carved pine wood in traditional form. The reverse side includes a hole for hanging and a story of the saint's life.

Kateri was born in New York, daughter to a Mohawk chief and an Algonquin mother. When she was 4, smallpox took her family and left her with scars and poor eyesight. Two aunts and and uncle, chief of the Turtle Clan of Mohawks, took her in, but were not kind to her. She found comfort in the Catholic Church and was baptized by the age of 20. When her clan continued to persecute her, she moved to a Native American community in Quebec. There she led a life of prayer while caring for the sick and elderly. She was very devout, taking vows of chastity, sleeping upon thorns, and fasting so often that left her sickly. She unfortunately died in her early twenties. It is said, at her death, the pockmarks and scars cleared from her face, leaving her beautiful. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is celebrated as the patron saint of Native Americans, ecology and the environment.
'Holy St kateri, Lily of the Mohawks, pray for us. May we learn to walk in harmony with the natural world. There may we find comfort and joy until we find our way to the Great Spirit.'

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~ Made in the USA ~

size: 3.3" wide x 6.5" high x 0.75" thick
weight: 5 oz.
materials: wood
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