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A Wolf at the Door ~ The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

August 3, 2010

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis de Assisi
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Karen Rivera Fall 2009

Better known simply as Santa Fe, La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís (The Royal City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi) reveres it’s Patron Saint. St. Francisco’s image, in the form of murals, sculpture and plaques, even shows up tucked away in the Royal City’s tiny courtyards and alleys.

This detailed bronze statue of St. Francis with a wolf stands guard in front of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi doors. Why is he shown with a wolf rather than the more traditional birds and small animals?  Legend has St. Francis negotiating a deal with the predator that was devastating the countryside in rural Umbria: if the people fed the wolf, the wolf would leave their flocks and their children alone. This was seem as another example of St. Francis’s power over wild creatures.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 5:44 pm

    Sounds like a reasonable compromise between wolf and humans. Is there more to the story?

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