The Driftwood Saint Francis of Assisi is an exquisite Creator Mundi Gallery gem. This simply clad statue from Italy beautifully depicts St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as the patron saint of animals and the environment. This hand-carved statue will make a most extraordinary and unique gift for a wedding or wedding anniversary, a special housewarming, a special thank you to a very generous donor, or for that special little chapel of Saint Francis so near and dear to your heart! The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is on October 4th.
Driftwood transformed into Exquisite Sacred Art
The Driftwood Saint Francis of Assisi stands 16 inches high, 4.5 inches wide, and 3.5 inches deep. A northern Italian artist discovered an old piece of chestnut driftwood, carved out the image of Saint Francis, and painted it by hand. A Certificate of Authenticity is included with this piece. This is creative and “culturally authentic” sacred art at its finest, absolutely unique and truly exquisite, a most beautiful labor of love, faith and hope!
The Patron Saint of the World and Pope Francis
In his depiction on this statue, Francis embraces the Book of the Gospels in his left hand while holding a bird perched on his right hand. Francis encountered God in all of God’s creation and is for this reason now honored as the patron saint of animals, ecology and the environment (as well as the state of Colorado, the Archdiocese of Denver, the city of San Francisco and innumerable other namesakes). The fact that Cardinal Bergoglio has taken the name “Francis” as his papal name seems to augur his intent to carry out a program of radical reform of the Church. For Christ spoke from the crucifix of San Damiano in 1204 to Saint Francis in a mystical vision and commanded him to “rebuild My Church.”