Sculpture & Writing Created By:
Sr. Marie Pierre Semler, M.M.
(Color shown is Beige)
Why was there such an enduring unity and peace in the family portrayed here, despite all the circumstances that are so often the cause of anquish, irritation, distress and sorrow? They were forced from their home when home seemed the greatest need because of the coming of a first new member in the family. There was no room in the Inn. They went outinto the night to seek shelter and found it with the animals in a stable-cave, where at midnight birth was given to the greatest Man ever born. Luke 2:7. They were persecuted and had to leave their homeland and flee in the night to a foreign country, because a king sought the life of the Child – the Child that was known to be a King. Matt: 2:2. They were in exile until word came of the death of those who sought to kill the Child. There were prophesies regarding sorrows that were yet to come – and yet their family peace and joy were never lost and their bands of unity became even stronger.
This sculpture expresses not only their family closeness, their calm serenity and peace that is no tof this world, but a gift from on high, for to both Mary and Joseph the encouraging word of the angel was, “Do not fear!”
This statue was modeled in clay and cast in stone in 1966