Monday, October 21, 2013

St Therese d'Lisieux

'For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; 
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trail and joy. - St Theresa of Lisieux

I have always, well, let me re-phrase that,
since I came to know about the saints,
felt a deep connection with St Theresa of Lisieux.

“God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.” 

This is a hand soldered hanging shrine.  I placed a holy card
between the two sheets of glass.  I placed a sterling silver cross
in the shrine and fixed tiny swarovski crystals and other
glass crystals onto the cross and over some of the roses.

The miraculous medal that I placed in the shrine, I brought
back from the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, France
and it is also cast in silver.

I had the most beautiful experience in this chapel and I wrote about it

On the back of the shrine I placed a French
Holy Card with a prayer to the Sacre Coeur le Marie,
the Sacred Heart of Mary.

The shrine comes ready to hang with a piece of French
silk ribbon that I brought back from my pilgramage
to the sites of Marie Madeleine (Mary Magdalene)

Trust and trust alone should lead us to love” 


“i can nourish myself on nothing but truth” 

Images of the Divine carry enormous energy and Presence. There are various ways of explaining it, but the ancients believed that the Spirit of that aspect of the Divine lives in Its image and form. Those of us who can see light around living beings, can see the light around sacred objects. In holy places of pilgrimage one can often smell the fragrance of the Divine.
Each one of my pendants, shrines, paintings and other sacred art are first infused with holy water from Lourdes (which I brought back), and then infused with holy relic oil of more than 53 Saints & pure essential oils. A mixture of one hundred oils are used, including frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, agarwood and rose. It is also immersed in blessed pink dead sea salts, infused with rose petals steeped in holy oil of a third relic of St Therese of Lisieux and it is packaged with blessed salts, frankincense and sprinkled with holy water collected form many sacred places in the world. So it becomes sort of holy object to be handled with reverence and care.

This shrine comes with a bottel of the rose petals that was steeped
in the third relic oil of St Theresa and then dried,
as well as a bottle of blessed pink salt crushed together with
some of the holy oil and rose petals - all crushed together.
Here is an image of some of the rose petals and the
blessed pink salt - still to be crushed together.

“When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” 

This shrine is ideal for hanging in a window, letting the
light of the sun and moon flow through these images.

If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case.” 


  1. Hi HRttienne. This is beautiful work lots of detail. Well done.

  2. Sorry about the mistake in your name. I'm using my iPad and make a lot of mistakes with it.

  3. Just glorious Hettienne! I must get out my soldering kit and practice again... St. Therese is funny, smart, human and saintly...I read several books/biographies about her and have her picture hanging in 2 places in my home. ♥ ♥ ♥


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