St Mary of the Hills

Our Shrine to St. Therese

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This stoneware clay sculpture depicts St. Therese standing on a globe with steps. The globe represents the world, the Church Militant. The steps represent the levels of Purgatory where the Church Suffering is. A stylized rosette under one of her hands represent the Church Triumphant, those who are in Heaven. With her other hand she drops petals on the Church Suffering and the Church Militant as she had said she and the Triumphant would do. St. Therese's feet point down, "sort of a form of levitation, the way her body would be after death." For the same reason, her Carmelite habit flows freely behind her back.


Page Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 1999