The mini painting on the shell is of St James and draws from the idea that pilgrims acquire "reminder" shells and other items at the beginning of their pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
There was a movie about this a few years back called The Way. It centers on a group of adults, from diverse and sometimes conflicting backgrounds, who keep meeting along the trail leading to the Cathedral. It's worth the time to watch.
Anyway, good thinking Paul. If anyone finds a shell like this, consider sending it for painting.
Be for us our companion on the walk,
Our guide at the crossroads,
Our breath in our weariness,
Our protection in danger,
Our albergue on the Camino,
Our shade in the heat,
Our light in the darkness,
Our consolation in our discouragements,
And our strength in our intentions.
So that with your guidance we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and enriched with grace and virtue we return safely to our homes filled with joy.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Apostle Santiago, pray for us.
Santa Maria, pray for us.
Feast of St James the Greater, July 25