This statuette of Saint Odile of Alsace (662-720) depicts her gazing on a book which reads Christus Lux Mea (Latin for “Christ, my light”). Because she was born blind, and, according to legend, miraculously regained her sight when she was baptized at the age of twelve, she is now the patroness of afflictions of the eye. The Saint Odile of Alsace Statue is a lovely gift to celebrate her feast day on December 13th, as well as an ideal confirmation gift or birthday gift for that special “Odile” in your life!
The Saint Odile of Alsace Statue – An Undeniable Labor of Love, Hope and Faith
This statuette of Saint Odile of Alsace stands 7.5 inches tall and is composed of dolomite stone and resin. A community of cloistered French nuns design, mold, and hand-finish each and every statuette in the atelier of their monastery. Each nun, a true “contemplative in action”, prayerfully accomplishes a specific task necessary to the completion of every statuette. How, where, how, and by whom the Saint Odile of Alsace Statue is made shows that it is ”culturally authentic” as well as an undeniable labor of love, faith and hope!
Saint Odile of Alsace – Patron Saint of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Saint Odile of Alsace enjoyed immense popularity for over five centuries, especially in French- and German-speaking Europe, and most especially in the city of Strasbourg. The widespread and lasting popularity of her cult as the patron saint of the blind, the visually impaired, and the partially sighted undoubtedly was due in large part to the fact that eyeglasses were not even invented until 1286! Until then, those suffering from presbyopia (aging eyes), hyperopia (farsightedness), and myopia (nearsightedness) simply had no other recourse except to just live in a blurry and unfocused world and to pray for Saint Odile’s intercession.