San Antonio - Finder of Lost Objects, Patron of Worthy Husbands, Lost Animals, Women who Want Children, Orphans, Animals and Miracles.
Antonio was born in Portugal in 1195 and died in 1232 at the age of 36. He became a Franciscan monk trained by San Francisco himself. He was a very charismatic preacher. He brought even the biggest sinner into the light. He was said to have radiated a holiness. He performed many miracles. A novice once borrowed his prayer book without asking but returned it after a "fearful apparition" overcame him. This is why San Antonio is Patron of Lost Objects.
"O, Holy San Antonio, your love of god and charity for all his creatures made you worthy on earth to posess miraculous powers. I humbly ask of you to whisper my petition (you request) into the ear of the infant jesus whom you so loved. My gratitude will be always yours."
About the Artist
Lynn Garlick started carving, painting, and producing her retablos in 1993. Her workshop is located in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico, a landscape richly steeped in religious iconography and history. The retablo, or ʻboard behind the alterʼ, was originally created in New Mexico in the 1800ʼs in response to the lack of Bibles and Icons being sent from the church in Rome. The Santero (saint maker) painted retablos from pigment collected and ground from the local surroundings. The boards were hand hewed usually of ponderosa pine or tin. The practice has carried down through the generations and is still done this way today. Lynn paints her originals retablos on traditional pine boards carving and then paints them. To create her production work the images are mounted on baltic birch.