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Ask the Saint Maker* I AM NOT A SAINT. I am a writer, artist, publisher, wife, mother, grandmother, bibliophile, and lover of ideas (if there is a word for that, I would love to know it). I am curious to a fault (i.e., easily distracted); but unlike the proverbial cat, that trait has yet to kill me - in fact, I think it keeps me younger than some others of my age. I am also a procrastinator, a gardener, a cook, I am a lover of music, creatures, nature, bees, and certain people (including honest lawyers) I believe in synchronicity, spirituality, goodness, and grace. I admire wisdom, strength, honesty, and courage. I care deeply about social justice and taking care of the earth. And so I make saints. There are patron saints for all of my needs, and they have inspired my artwork since 1997. I AM NOT A SCHOLAR. I am an autodidact (when it comes to saints, anyway). I have spent uncountable hours researching the obscure, odd, and unusual saints that I portray in my art. I have an extensive library with hundreds of books devoted to hagiography (admittedly many acquired before the ascendency of google). As a result, I have a repository of knowledge and love a challenge. I implemented an "Ask the Saint Maker" section in 1998, when it wasn't that easy to find out about saints stuff. BTW, I am not religious. I am spiritual (and yes, I realize some see that appellation as trite). So please ask away, and I will do my best to find an answer, or point you to someone who might be able to.

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10/20/2015

Laudes Creaturarum (Canticle of the Creatures)

Also known as "Canticle of the Sun"
10/20/2015

FRANCIS PEACE PRAYER

This famous prayer was not actually written by St. Francis, although it has been attributed to him for a long time. (The image above is from my St...
10/20/2015

St. Francis the Peacemaker

Most people know St. Francis of Assisi as the gentle patron of animals. Not so many know him as a broker of peace in the Middle East.
10/16/2015
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"What is a saint?  saint /saynt noun 1 a person who is acknowledged as holy or virtuous and regarded in Christian faith as being in heaven aft..." read more