WASHINGTON DC, 20 (ACI) .- That people "become aware of the gift of life" is what motivated an American sculptor in her creation of a statue of "Rachel weeping for her children" for the Shrine of Fatima in Nebraska.
Sondra Johnson, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, has been doing professional sculptures for 15 years, many of which
This time, quoting the passage from the Prophet Jeremiah, Jonson sculpted Rachel weeping for her children for the Sanctuary of Fatima in the parish of St. Germain in Arapahoe, south of Nebraska. The Sanctuary is located in the diocese of Lincoln since 1956, and includes 13 statues brought from Italy and located in a natural stone crack of more than 150 shrubs and trees.
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It was in 1996 when the parish priest of his parish in Cambridge, Father Mel Rempe, proposed the idea of sculpting the work and take it to the Sanctuary of Fát
The artist, mother of three children and converted from Judaism to Catholicism, presented three projects of which Rachel was chosen, who lived in distress because she could not have children, but was then blessed by the Lord with two children.
The sculpture shows Rachel with an empty blanket on her lap and with a face full of pain, which according to the author, represents Rachel who says: "Here is the blanket where my child should rest. It is empty, and my heart is more than empty, my pain surpasses the words, and only God is my help now. "You can also see at the side of the statue a rose, which represents life and hope. At the same time, says Jonson, Raquel wants to convey that her prayer is not only for me, but for all people, so that they can truly value the gift of life and never destroy it. ">
Bishop of Lincoln, Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, blessed the new sculpture during a ceremony at the Shrine dedicated under the protection of Father Henry Denis, a Polish priest assigned as parish priest of St. Germain in 1949 and died in 1984 .