|Mother House of the Sisters of St Joseph of Augustine|
In developing this project, Compassionate St. Augustine, a group formed to focus on their role as a compassionate city, decided to highlight a historic monument in St. Augustine, the 30 foot obelisk, “Monument to the Constitution” on St. Augustine’s public square.
|Description of the Constitutional Obelisk|
This monument was erected in 1813 to commemorate the first constitutional government in Spain. St. Augustine was part of Spain at that time. The obelisk, placed in the town plaza, was to represent the four foundational values of the Spanish Constitution: freedom, democracy, human rights, and compassion. In 1814 when the constitutional government in Spain was overthrown and the monarchy restored, the order to destroy the obelisks throughout the realm was given. However, St. Augustine refused to comply. Their obelisk is thought to be the only one unaltered one remaining.
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|The Compassion Obelisk|
Wendy’s obelisk also speaks to the other values suggested by the project, highlighting quotes from various religious and civil rights leaders, philosophers and artists. She hopes to emphasize the oneness of humankind, our interconnections, empathy for the other, and the importance of being kind and forgiving.