I stayed at a Catholic retreat center for an Ignatian Spirituality Silence/Prayer retreat. I had a small dorm room. There was a single bed, desk, night stand, and chair. Very simple furnishings. Only two things were on the wall: a mirror and a crucifix.
Fundamentalism doesn’t always see the value in symbols or nuances, so in my youth I was taught that any image of the Cross as jewelry or art was sinful because of the 10 Commandments/”no graven image” thing. But that’s for another time. The point is that I don’t have any on my walls at home or church.
The crucifix was a metal figurine of Jesus attached to a cross of wood. The metal “Jesus” was actually attached by three small nails.
The wooden cross could have been cut by a person or a machine, maybe a person using a saw is most likely. The figurine was most definitely from a mold.
But those 3 nails.
I kept wondering about who had the job of nailing a metal Jesus to a cross. Often you see a crucifix that has been carved or is from a mold and it’s one piece, but this one required a human to take a hammer and nails…
I wonder how many he/she has made. Was it a one-time art project? Does the person work in a factory and do this multiple times each day? Is it creepy and/or emotional each time?
Or maybe it has become common place and rote…like it has for most of us…
February 19th, 2013
Lynwood Retreat Center