Lilies, purity and art [Letter]

The recent article on the new exhibit at American Visionary Art Museum incorrectly describes the lilies in the icon of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a "talisman," which is an object thought to bring good luck or have magic powers ("New exhibit at AVAM explores the moment of inspiration," Oct. 6).

A devout Catholic, the "Lily of the Mohawks" would have no use for luck or magic — she had Christ. As with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Rose of Lima and others occasionally represented holding lilies, the flower is a symbol of purity.

James C. Hunt, Baltimore

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