painted from life, 1690
The Lily of the MohawksKateri Tekakwitha will be formally canonized next Sunday.
There is a certain nonchalance on the part of Catholics regarding their saints. René Goupil, killed by Mohawks with a blow to the head, is today the patron saint of anesthetists. St. Lawrence, roasted on a griddle, is the patron of short-order cooks. St. Barbara, whose father was struck by lightning after he had beheaded her, became the patron saint of artillerymen. (When I was in Artillery ROTC, the corps paraded each year down Broad St. to St. Barbara's Church for the annual Artillerymen's Mass.)
Pithy QuotesBy 1960 the price of a good 1900 reproduction of, say, a Louis XVI table had risen, sometimes to fantastic heights -- probably because people knew that with the disappearance of craftsmanship even such reproductions were no longer reproducible.
-- John Lukacs, The Passing of the Modern Age