|Broken Infant of Prague Statue|
One of the things I do for a living and love doing is repairing saint statues. When someone brings me a broken statue it is a rewarding challenge to glue the pieces back together, adding new clay where parts are too shattered, touching up the paint and polishing the gold leaf that has been taken for granted. I would love to help my friend by repairing her heart, making it as if nothing ever happened but it's not nearly as easy.
She could pray to St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes but who wants to believe that a broken heart is a lost cause? She could ask for the intersession of St. Valentine in hope of recovering the romantic love that was destroyed but it's impossible to rekindle that kind of thing until you know the fracture is not irreparable. It would be best to call on St. Valentine later. I suppose she could focus on St. Lucy, the Patron Saint of Vision, and wish for greater insight the whole time her heart just ached but regrets of the past won't heal the present.
|Molding a Stronger Foundation during Restoration|
So the other day, when I had the privilege of repairing a broken Infant of Prague statue I remembered St. Therese's words. I think about the people who bring me their statues, hoping for a repair that fixes both their beloved statue and their sense of loss. There is always great emotion attached to wanting a broken saint fixed. It could be because of who gave you the statue. Maybe your mother or Grandma wanted to protect you in the only way they knew how or it might be because of how it got broken....a couple of grand-kids who thought the Infant of Prague would like to play dress-up and everyone ended up in tears. Or maybe a particular saint's story is motivation for you to stay true to your values, who you love and how you love, helping you to remember to make the right choices.
|The Infant of Prague after being repaired at Chris Hart Studio|
In 1631 when the Saxons seized Prague, the Carmelite monastery was destroyed and the Infant statue was discarded. The statue was rediscovered by a priest in the rubble in 1637 with broken hands. It is said that the saint sat on a shelf until the priest heard it speak these words.
"Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you.
Give me hands and I will give you peace.
The more you honor me, the more I will bless you."
Since that time, the Infant of Prague has been credited with many miraculous healings, one of which I pray will include my friend's broken heart.