Monday, October 01, 2012

October 1st: St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese has been a patroness of mine since childhood.  I did not take nearly as much notice of her as she did of me.  She, in fact, chose me.  My earliest memories of her are staring at a big picture of her that hung on the wall of my mother's old bedroom at my grandparents' house.  It seems to me that I spent a lot of time contemplating that picture, whose eyes seemed to follow me around the room.

After my grandmother died, and my grandfather disposed of the old house, the picture was lost.  Then, more than 20 years later -- how, I can't say -- the picture came back into my hands, but with the frame broken.  I put it into one of those "frameless" frames.  The more I think about it, the more I think it deserves something better.

Here it is, seen for the first time online -- best quality I could manage considering the lighting.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.


  1. Never had religious items (statues, images, etc) in our household when a young lad. Though, I recall a picture of Jesus in in my grandmother's bedroom. The kind of image where Our Lord's eyes follow/look directly at you from whatever perspective.

    "best quality I could manage considering the lighting"... I copied your image into my computer and opened it with MS Office Picture Manager, then hitting the "auto correct" tab. This adds more contrast and removes a bit of the fogginess in the image you uploaded.

  2. I used Photoshop...but I feared to enhance it too much, lest the colors look cartoonish. Barring the fog, this pretty faithfully reproduces the colors as seen in person.

  3. Now recall (fairly sure) you are an expert in photography. I am less than amateur when it comes to graphical imaging. So there ya go...

  4. Here's the gorgeous painting of St. Therese above the altar at Shrine of the Little Flower in Baltimore, the parish of my youth.