Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Looking At Our Lady...

Just under a year ago I completed a meme about Mary. I happened to describe the statue of Our Lady of the Waters, Notre Dame de l'eaux, as one of my favourites. It is in the grounds of St. Bernadette's convent in Nevers, France, and the saint described it as the image of Our Lady which most resembled the apparition in Lourdes. Not an exact likeness, but the closest. This contrasts to the total lack of enthusiasm for the statue most closely associated with Our Lady of Lourdes: St. Bernadette tried not to upset the sculptor, but admitted, "That's not it..." and also, "You have given her a goitre!"

I was lamenting the fact that I couldn't find a picture of Our Lady of the Waters on the internet. I was hoping to take a picture of the souvenir statue I got from the convent in Nevers (strangely, it isn't to be seen anywhere in Lourdes!) but the camera wasn't synchronising with the computer properly, and I forgot...

And then, today, Rosemarie left a comment. There was a picture of Our Lady of the Waters at the bottom of this website... so, without further ado, here she is:

2 comments:

the mother of this lot said...

I've never seen this before. It's lovely.

Livi said...

Our Lady seems a bit more down-to-earth (without wishing to dumb down the Assumption or anything) here than in the "usual" Lourdes images.

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