Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Little Cook

Here is a fascinating Spanish statue of the Christ Child and the story behind it:
One of my favorites is this Niño Cocinero, from a cloistered convent in Madrid. The original figure is a rather non-descript 18th century polychromed wooden statue of a naked Child. The figure was probably kept in the monastery kitchen, since Spanish monasteries had an abundance of Niños. Unknown kitchen nuns of some 200 years ago dressed the figure in the clothing of their oficio, that is, their trade, and even gave him a platter of roasted chicken to carry! But this reflected what St Teresa of Avila said, "también entre los pucheros anda el Señor," that is, the Lord is also to be found among the pots and pans, in the midst of our daily duties and not only in church.

Thanks to Terry Nelson for the link. More on devotion to the Child Jesus HERE. Share


EC Gefroh said...

Thank you for sharing! I love devotions and different images of the child Jesus. Mother Angelica has a devotion to child Jesus from Colombia right now the title escapes me.

Unknown said...

I'd love to have a reproduction of the Niño Cocinero for the sink window sill! Que linda! And I must reuse that reflection. I've posted about this before, just couldn't remember the quote, thanks!

Victoria Thorne said...

this is just absolutely wonderful!