When I wrote up the rules for the contest it was sort of an afterthought to have people write why they would like to have this statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. I was quite stunned by how thoughtful the replies were. I am glad the contest was based on a randomized drawing of email entries in the comments as there is no way I could have chosen just one person from the entry comments.
So without further adieu the winner is Angela (javamom). Congratulations!