Many modern saints have lived at the margins of society. Their lives and their work have inspired countless others who choose, like them, to sacrifice power and wealth in order to do work they believe needs to be done. While iconographers earn their daily bread like anyone else, their work is also a ministry that should be available to all. Those who revere Cesar Chavez are generally too poor to commission an original icon, so a number of years ago Brother Robert painted an icon of Chavez that could be reproduced and sold inexpensively in the form of prints. Chavez himself had lived with a print of Robert’s icon of Dorothy Day, a poor man with a paper icon of another poor saint.

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