Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A mother’s sorrow March 30, 2018

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Mary holds Jesus. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Trier, Minnesota. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo April 2017.


THROUGH THE YEARS, I’ve photographed many churches. And many works of art within those sanctuaries. Today it seems fitting that I share this image taken nearly a year ago inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Trier, Minnesota.

I see in this sculpture the profound grief of Jesus’ mother, Mary. I see it in her eyes, in every essence of her sorrowful face. I doubt there is any pain deeper than that of a parent losing a child.

In the darkness of Good Friday, I anticipate the light of Easter morning.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


11 Responses to “A mother’s sorrow”

  1. Judy M Says:

    Have a blessed Easter Audrey. Thank you for showing this picture.

  2. Kiandra Judge Says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Blessed Good Friday

  3. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.

  4. L.E. Hansen Says:

    Yes. And there’s another that struck me in much the same way. It too is a sculpture, and it is also in a St. Mary’s Church, but of course I cannot recall the city. (If I recall later I’ll add.) In the one that moved me so the face was turned to the heavens and contorted with pain. It was the first time I felt that acknowledgement of Mary, of her pain. Thanks for posting.

  5. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:


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