When we started working on the monumental Stations of the Cross for Cloisters on the Platte several years ago, we recognized the virtues of Veronica, a key figure in Station VI. We had planned from the beginning to recast her as an individual, iconic figure. This week, a 1/2 life size version, about 32" tall, will be turned over to the foundry to be molded and cast in bronze.
It is very appropriate to be working on Veronica right now. As a symbol of compassion, her image could not be more timely. Here, in the City of Portland, we are preparing for a gathering of white supremacist groups this weekend. In sharp contrast to the hate and fear of her time, Veronica wiped the face of Jesus and comforted Him as accusers jeered and taunted Him.
We hope that compassion and human kindness prevail this weekend and that the spirit of compassion can overcome attempts to pervert civilized interaction and respect.