Monday, September 1, 2008
Patron Saint of Mother Earth
This gorgeous bronze statue of Kateri Tekakwitha stands in front of Saint Francis Cathedral here in Santa Fe. She was the first Native American named a patron saint. I was captivated by the beauty of this statue the first time I saw it several years ago. Estella Loretto of the Jemez Pueblo was commissioned to create this statue in celebration of the cathedral's 150th anniversary in 2002. She stands in a prominent place near the main entrance to the cathedral as a testament to her dedication and service. I hope the beauty of this statue and the natural world around you inspire you to do something beautiful this week.