Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day Six of Shrines for Mary

She was a poor shepherdess,
growing up at the foothills of the Pyrenees
on the banks of the Gave du Pau
tending the very poor family's
small flock of sheep

When the most miraculous vision appeared to her
a vision of Light
with roses on Her feet

from this numinous event
flowed forth a stream of healing water,
a holy place was born

Bernadette's life was transformed
into one of passion,
commitment and a vocation to the highest Love

Bernadette's message : God is everywhere!

A place where the fire was lit long ago
and the fire of your Soul
and Its unconditional love
is kept alive

A light for your feet

And such is the miracle within our own hearts
as She brings forth the waters of regeneration,
healing and wholeness,
teaching you that Love is everywhere

A small naif shrine made from items I collected during my visit to Lourdes :  an embroidered holy card, a small collector's doll which I dressed up as Bernadette, a tiny statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, and a watercolour sketch of the Cathedral of Lourdes.  To strengthen the feel and theme of the innocent child and childhood feelings, I used birthday cake candles to represent the massive votives that are kept burning at the grotto.

You may want to join in or
visit other participants
in this sharing of A Virgin a Day
hosted by Rebecca



  1. Gorgeous've really captured the essence of Lourdes.


  2. Love your shrine and story. Thank you. Have a wonderful Mary Day.

  3. my daughter is making her saint project for school.. i believe she has chosen St Elizabeth of Hungary and has some grand plan of expressing her joy and learning through an apron of roses and floral scrolls.. she will love to peruse your shrines here, we will take some time later in the day.. blessings and thank you

    1. oh that sounds like a great project - maybe you can blog the process and the finished result? I would love to see it! I am working on a deck of Mary Cards! will blog the process!

  4. Marvelous post ~ beautiful work for Mary ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka 'artmusedog' ^_^

    ps. not to worry ~ your comments on my blog are appearing on the separate page I created for 12 Days of Mary ~ I am fascinated by your groups inclusion of Taoism ~ would love to hear more ~ is there a site to go to? blessings to you ~ Carol ^_^

    1. Thank you Carol! You can have a look at my website - also my newsletters that is linked to that website - my other blogs are also listed there. blessings to you

  5. Sorry Rebecca ~ the above comment was for Hettiene ~ not sure what happened ~

  6. Okay ~ cancel the last comment ~ I got it now ~ Your work is Divine!

  7. I have a big soft spot in my heart for St. Bernadette...priti shrine Hettienne♥

  8. I love your work, Hettienne - so detailed, so gorgeous!

  9. I've not been to Lourdes or seen pictures of it, so your shrine takes me to the mystery.

  10. Gorgeous Hettienne. Love your shrines and the message God is everywhere.

  11. i remember seeing the song of bernadette, a vintage black and white flim that was made in 1943. oh how it stirred my heart deeply, as does your love filled shrine!

  12. What a lovely way to remember Lourdes, with your very personal shrine. I'm unfamiliar with the word naif and looked it up, but I think I got the wrong definition. What does that word mean to you? Like Rebecca, I remember The Song of Bernadette in 1943. Not Catholic, but my sister took me; I was six years old.


Thank you for your comments - I read each and every one! I have taken the word verification off - hope it makes it easier