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Another sighting

At a local garden store. Photo© Patricia Appelbaum.

Francis among the planting containers. Photo© Patricia Appelbaum.

What I love about this image – and the situation, the place where I took the picture – is the ambiguous place of Francis in it. Clearly he is important enough for this garden center to want to offer his statue for sale. And the statue is prominently placed: right beside the door where customers enter the shop. But it’s behind the door, slightly obscured. And the figure of Francis is dwarfed by the containers in which customers will build their beautiful arrangements of unusual flowering plants. What does this mean? Does it suggest that Francis is so powerful that he need not be large in size? Or does it say that consumerism and display are more important than saintliness?

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