In a message dated 11/27/00 11:03:44 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Dear Colleagues:
> One of our seminarians showed me a photograph of a statue which is
> about to be restored and placed in his parish church. The parish priest and
> the parishioners have no idea of whom the statue is meant to represent. The
> statue is quite lovely: a bishop in mitre and chasuable is holding in his
> hands a book upon which is placed an enormous apple, with stem. My guess is
> that it's Saint Malachy, who gave an apple to a king and thus restored his
> sight. The book may represent the prophecies of Malachy. Any suggestions
> the identification of the subject of this statue would be appreciated.
> Thomas Sullivan, OSB
The book as "the Good Book" (the Bible) and the apple as an allusion to the
forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden?