Spending the Day with St. Therese’

Yesterday, I was given a treasure.  As a fellow teacher friend was cleaning out her classroom closet, she came across this statue of St. Therese, that had evidently been there since long before the classroom became hers.  She asked me if I wanted it.  I was so excited!  I climbed up on a table to reach her, and gingerly lowered her off the top shelf.  The statue had been broken in half and hot glued back together, with a big gob of glue that had oozed from the waist.  The paint was faded and chipped in many places, but I just knew that she could be rescued! 

Today, I brought a container filled with paintbrushes and acrylic paints in multiple shades.  I borrowed some spackling and a putty knife, and went to work.  I puttied the holes and glue line and let that dry for a couple of hours.  Then I took my nail buffer, filed and smoothed the dried plaster.  For the next couple of hours, I painted, and messed up, repainted, and repeated the process again and again.  The end product was not perfect, but I’m still happy with it!  I also loved spending my day talking to St.Therese’ in heaven as I tried to make her image beautiful. What a holy, lovely soul she is!  She has so much to teach us about loving the Lord wholeheartedly and about Surrender!

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 14, 20 and 27. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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5 Responses to Spending the Day with St. Therese’

  1. SR says:

    Love it!! Great Job!!! God Bless, SR

  2. Sue Elvis says:


    Your statue is beautiful and probably even more special because you worked on it and rescued it. You did a great job. We have a couple of big old statues in our church that were restored by a lady in our parish. It is so wonderful seeing old statues come back to life instead of being abandoned.

    God bless!

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