Happy Friday! This week’s photo features Santo Tomás El Apóstol in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
This Catholic Church was founded in 1754 by the Franciscans, a religious order within the Catholic Church that was founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. Known for his affection for animals, iconography often depicts St. Francis with by birds and deer. The Franciscans, are a devout order who live in intentional poverty in order to detach themselves from earthly goods and further devote themselves to their faith. They wear coarse robes with a knotted rope around the waist. The three knots in the rope symbolize the three basic tenants of the order: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Or, as a nun from the female counterpart to the Franciscans, the Poor Clares, once put it, “No money, no honey, and a boss.”
Don’t miss Santo Tomás El Apóstol on your next visit to Abiquiu; its rich history and the beautiful landscape surrounding it are well worth the trip.
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