Gayle's godmother/aunt always lamented the role saints should play in daily life was not one taught by the nuns of Star of the Sea. It took trips to the Old World and Central and South America to strip the veneer off the more sanitized version of American Catholicism.
Holy Cards ~ No. 1, "El Niño always had the best toys."
Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. Image size: 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
The faithful bring offerings of toys to a statue in San Diego Church in Guanajuato to ask the Christ child to intercede to help their loved ones. The copy reads: "I knew it was wrong, but I would close my eyes tightly and plead for the key to open the treasure chest of toys left with prayers to El Niño."
Holy Cards ~ No. 2, "Santa Cecilia at the Crossroads"
Edition limited to 25 prints, $70 each. Image size: 6 1/4 x 6 inches
Some men get new wives when they turn 40; all he wanted was an electric guitar - make that a red one - and to follow in Robert Johnson's footsteps. Silver milagro arm stretches from Santa Cecilia - the patron saint of musicians - to hand. Copy reads: "She said no man of hers was going to sell his soul to the devil." Read related blog.
Holy Cards ~ No. 3, "Katherine of San Antonio"
Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. Image size: 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
A ray of light beams through an Italian church window and shines on an antique lace holy card of "S. Catharina," the patron saint of Siena, to illustrate the story behind Kate's name. "Siena. Restless nights left only this name. Too blind to sense your light. But my grandmother awoke me, her long hair flying behind as she ran up and down the hills of Roanoke. 'Katie. Katie Conway,' they called. Dawn brought affirmation. Katherine."
"Mission San Antonio de Valero Missing"
Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. 8 1/2 x 11 inches
St. Anthony, the patron saint of miracles and finding lost things. A preacher so effective fish in the river once raised their heads out of the water to hear his words. But can he find his mission now lost in the heart of the city named in his honor? There is certainly a lot more about this collage on Gayle's blog.
“¡Qué milagro! Four bullets in the back and alive to give thanks 25 years later."
Edition limited to 25 prints, $75 each. Image size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches
One retablo that caught my attention the Parroquia Purisima Concepcion in Real de Catorce was left by Jesus Espinosa Diaz de Leon in 2006 to express his gratitude to Sr. San Francisco de Asis for saving him from bullets fired into his back on the streets of San Luis Potosi in 1981. My favorite Saint Francis miracle was his taming of the fierce killer wolf terrifying the residents of neighboring Gubbio. Again, there is much more about this on Gayle's blog.
Please bear in mind the website intensifies colors; the actual print colors are much more subtle.