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I carve the original of each statue and cast each piece by hand. They are hand painted. Each piece comes boxed and with a history card stating the following:

The relation between St. Augustine, one of the greatest thinkers in Christian history, and his mother, St. Monica, was a long, loving tussle finally resolved in harmony. They were from North Africa (present-day Algeria). Monica, always a Christian, raised Augustine in the faith, but in his late teens, he began to go his own way: he took a concubine, had a child by her, and became enthralled by Manichaeism (a form of philosophical dualism). When he was about 30, he, his companion, and their son crossed the Mediterranean and went to Rome, where he taught, then moving on to Milan. Monica, ever persistent, followed him: first to Rome and then on to Milan, where she continued to urge him to return to the faith of his childhood. She finally convinced him to listen to a sermon by St. Ambrose, whose eloquence and intelligence convinced Augustine, and he was baptized. Monica and Augustine had reached a balance. This small image of the two was handmade by Hank Schlau. It depicts the moment at which Monica, coaxing, has convinced Augustine that her worldview has merit. Augustine, holding a book (bearing the word “gnosis”), is listening seriously, and they are working toward an enduring bond and resolution. To Augustine’s side is the Latin word for son (filius); next to Monica is the word for mother (mater).

Dimensions: 2.75 x 4.25 x .75

Patrons of Mothers and Sons: Saints Monica and Augustine



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  • Material: hand painted cold cast metal
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