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And this is why this is the second place I turn to on the net each morning. Lance Mannion, tracer of missing statues.


When I was living/sleeping with a former Benedictine monk thirty years ago, we came across a sidewalk sale in front of a "Christian Center" where there was a slightly injured, three-foot statue of Mary and Child, the type you see in Catholic hospitals and schools, which they were selling for $1. We bought it as a bit of a joke and were going to plant it in the garden of an old Catholic friend, but we never got around to it, so Mary & Son stood in my bedroom and I realized I loved the statue.

Thirty years later, she's still the only material object I have from that period. I don't pray to the statue but I do like having her as a reminder of female spiritual energy, and will put a candle in front of her when somebody I know dies. When I find a similar statue of Buddha (for $1), he'll be joining her.

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