St. Therese of Lisieux is one of my favorite saints. I call this piece “The World in Roses.” For some reason, I feel so close to her, like a sister. I first saw her relics as a child in Carmelites Monastery in Subic, Zambales; I dressed up, along with many other girls, as a Carmelite nun. St. Therese was very young when she wanted to enter (and successfully entering) the Carmelite order. Reading her autobiography gave me a glimpse of how extraordinary her love was.
“Then, overcome by joy, I cried, ‘Jesus, my love. At last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love.”
Below is a video showing how I made the illustration: