Saint Roch was born in France in 1295. When as a young man he heard that the plague had reached Italy, he walked from Montpelier to Rome to help the victims. While in Rome, Roch himself caught the plague. Believing he was soon to die, he went into the forest at the edge of the city, built a small hut, and began to pray and prepare himself for death. As he was praying, a small dog came to him holding a piece of bread in its mouth. Roch took the bread from the dog. The dog then licked the plague wounds on Roch's leg, and the wounds were healed. Roch ate the bread, and, brought back to wholeness by the dog and his gifts, he and the dog returned to Rome, where they worked to heal others and comfort the dying. The story demonstrates both the bond between humans and dogs and the power of each to heal and rejuvenate the other. At the top of this image of St. Roch is a sentence from a sermon by the Rhineland mystic Meister Eckhart (1260-1329). The full quote is: "Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a Word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature - even a caterpillar - I would never have to prepare a sermon, so full of God is every creature."
This one of a kind figure is completely hand made by Hank Schlau and hand painted by his wife Karen Schlau. Made of durable material that can be displayed both indoors and outdoors. Perfect gift for any animal lover.
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|By:||Animal Lover (Mobile, Alabama, December 24, 2010)|
|Review:||I love animals and was thrilled to see a patron saint for dogs. I purchased the St. Roch plaque and like it but the image is hard to see(I have vision issues.)I wish the saint and dog were larger on the plaque. That probably would take care of the problem. Also if the paint was different the image would be clearer as it is all the same color. But I do like it and I am not sorry I purchased it. I also have the Julian of Norwich: Patron of Cats.She is larger on the plaque and easier to see. If the paint was different she would be great! Best Uses: Display; Cons: Image not very clear; Pros: for dog lovers|