It's not everyone who has a saint watching over their home but several years ago I had the good fortune to find this sadly beautiful saint in an antique store in Sellwood. I have to tell you I took a double take when I saw her standing there in Spencer's Antiques looking quite out of place. I don't think I have every seen a Santos this old or wonderful in a local antique store. I immediately knew I had to have her. I was told that these Santos were in Churches where worshipers would look up at their exquisitely sad faces as they lit candles and said fervent prayers. Artist Sharon Bronzan told me she thinks my saint is Delores, Our Lady of Sorrows. Her hair is long gone and all that is left of her skirt is the waistband, but none of those things deter from her ethereal beauty.
If you have never seen Sharon Bronzan's art check it out at augengallery.com. You will be able to see how she has been inspired by these wonderful Santos. In addition, if you google Sharon Bronzan you can watch her at work in a video from Art Beat that aired August 3, 2006.
In these busy days full of places to go, people to see and technology that keeps you connected at all times no matter where you are, I like to reflect on this simple form of connection from times past.