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St. Francis Italian Statue, 12 inches

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This lovely St. Francis statue was delicately handcrafted by the Pelligrini family of artisans in the hills above Lucca, Italy. Francis looks as if he is in the middle of his sermon to the birds as they rest in his arms and at his feet. This Italian rendition of St. Francis measures 12 inches and is made of resin.

St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. Among the stories associating Francis (1181--1226) with animals are the one about him giving a sermon to a group of rowdy birds and another about him taming the wolf of Gubbio, a creature who had attacked and killed a number of villagers before Francis spoke to him and took him on as a kind of disciple–after that the wolf never again harmed another living thing and peacefully followed Francis like a tame dog. The saint's rapport with nature, however, was hard won: Francis lived a rigorous ascetic life of long fasts, absolute poverty, and abandonment of attachment to all desires and material things. Through extremely strict discipline and self-denial Francis attained the mystical paradox of destroying the attachment to the self in order to be absolutely open to the world: the world of nature.

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