Four Seasons Gallery
ST. THERESE: PATRON OF ROSE GROWERS
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Item details Handmade Material modified gypsum with bronze powder Dimensions Height: 7.5 Inches; Width: 4 Inches; Depth: 2 Inches I design, carve, and cast each piece myself (the pieces are copyrighted). I cast the pieces in modified gypsum with metal powders. We then glaze each piece. The pieces can stand or hang (the back is unglazed and has a hook), can go outside, and each comes with a history card stating: Th�r�se of Lisieux (1873�97) was a Carmelite nun who died in obscurity in her convent at the age of 24. She became known to the world after her death when her spiritual autobiography (The Story of a Soul) was published. The book became hugely popular in part because Th�r�se, in contrast to the then-dominant Catholic practice, offered a spirituality based on finding God and the holy in the most mundane and human acts and situations: scrubbing floors, tilling earth, suffering. This is her �Little Way,� a path of �holiness in everyday life,� a �way of spiritual childhood.� Because of the profound influence of her spirituality, Pope John Paul II in 1997 declared her a doctor of the church, a title held by only two other women (Catherine of Sienna and Teresa of �vila). In this statue, Th�r�se has roses in her right hand and at her feet. Her association with florists and roses comes largely from something she once said: �After my death I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth.� This promise is the basis of the thousands of miracles that have been attributed to her. The bird perched on Th�r�se�s left hand is a symbol of herself and her soul (in her autobiography she wrote: �O Jesus, Your little bird is happy to be weak and little�). Birds also symbolize those who, like Th�r�se, are able to fuse the spiritual (the air, the heavens) and the tasks of everyday life on earth. Dimensions: 7.5 (h) x 4 (w) x 2 (d) inches - Less