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:||Su, the Grandma (Anaheim, CA, May 30, 2011)|
|Review:||[...] My son-in-law loved this special gift. The story behind St. Roch was awe inspiring. Animals love you unconditionally (kind of like God). Beautifully crafted. Best Uses: Learning about Saints, Place of honor in home; Cons: none; Pros: Beautifully sculpted, Great story to pass down, Learning aboout saints, One Of A Kind|
|By:||Susan in St.Paul (St. Paul,MN, March 21, 2011)|
|Review:||I have a sick friend who owns a german shepherd and will enjoy this Patron Saint of dogs. Maybe through the intercession of St. Roch-and his dog-my friend may be healed too! Thx Pros: One of A-Kind|
|By:||Candi (Dallas, TX, February 4, 2011)|
|Review:||I have the statue sitting next to the chair which I use for reading. It looks very nice there - blends in without being too noticable. I have not been able to find anything else like it. Best Uses: For hanging; Cons: The bottom isn't level; Pros: Very handmade looking|
|By:||August Catholic (Winsted, CT, June 15, 2012)|
|Review:||I am a dog lover. It is so nice to know about St Roch. I have had, and will continue to have a devotion to St Francis, Patron Saint for all animals. Cons: none; Pros: Saint for dogs|