Artist gives book of Our Lady of the Angels to Pope Francis

Artist gives book of Our Lady of the Angels to Pope Francis
Artist gives book of Our Lady of the Angels to Pope Francis

The artist Paula Sáenz Soto gave Pope Francis a book on the Virgin of the Angels, Patron Saint of Costa Rica, and a special figure of a donkey.

The Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica noted on Facebook that the Costa Rican artist gave Pope Francis “a copy of his book on the development of the mosaic of the Virgin of the Angels.”

In addition, it can be seen in the photos that Sáenz also gave him a small figure of a gray donkey.

According to Eco Católico, official media of the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica, the artist traveled to the Vatican with 23 of her most recognized works, to represent her country in the celebration of the 201 years of independence of the countries of Central America.

The art exhibition began on September 20 with a Mass in the Palace of the Vatican Chancellery and will end on Monday 26.

Paula Sáenz is a Catholic sacred artist from Costa Rica known for making the second artistic representation of the Virgin of the Angels, Patron Saint of Costa Rica, which is in the Vatican Gardens.

The mosaic was enthroned in 2021 in the Vatican Gardens, along with other images of dedications of the Virgin Mary from around the world.

The piece preserves some characteristics of the original image found more than 380 years ago in Cartago (Costa Rica).

The original image, affectionately called “La Negrita”, is a small black figure made of graphite, jade and volcanic rock, which is in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.

Sáenz told the Eco Católico newspaper that he brought a “special and unique” reproduction of his mosaic of the Virgin of the Angels.

He explained that the figure was “artistically intervened with gold leaf”, has “three-dimensional coffee leaves” and a wooden frame “with carved fruits”.

The artist indicated that she showed an image of the Immaculate Conception and the Byzantine Holy Family, and a sculpture of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas and the Costa Rican Holy Family.

In addition, he said that he exhibited other images of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Virgin of Silence, Saint Chárbel, the Nazarene, the Virgin of Candelaria, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, the Cross of the Blood of Christ and “the typical Costa Rican cart, which it has sacred art included in it”.

Sáenz highlighted that he also brought a figure of a “little donkey” and said “that it has a whole beautiful meaning based on the teachings of Saint Josemaría Escrivá about the theology of the donkey.”

Saint José María Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, proposed the theology of the donkey to encourage the faithful to aspire to achieve “the virtues of the donkey,” Opus Dei said on its website.

“I hope you acquire —you want to achieve them— the virtues of the donkey!: humble, hard for work and persevering, stubborn!, faithful, very sure of his step, strong and —if he has a good master— grateful and obedient”, said the holy.

The saint stressed that Christ noticed this animal among all animals, because “he esteems the joy of a young heart, a simple step, a voice without falsetto, clear eyes, an attentive ear to his word of affection. Thus reigns in the soul.

“When we consecrate our work to the Virgin Mary, everything bears fruit, but the most beautiful thing is that God always gives us more than what we ask for,” concluded Saenz.

The article is in Spanish

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