Memorial of Saint Therese of Lisieux
Today the church remembers Saint Therese of Lisieux, sometimes better known as the Little Flower. Born in France a few years after the death of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, she lived only twenty-four years. Do you remember how you spent the first twenty-four years of your life? Would you have been proclaimed a saint? What she accomplished in her brief life in no way compares to ours.
As a young girl she was determined to become a saint. Her devout and pious parents were the first to be canonized together as a couple. Following her mother’s death, Therese turned to our Blessed Mother for comfort and compassion. She entered the Carmel convent in Lisieux at an early age. She wrote her autobiography about her way to heaven, “I will seek out a means of getting to heaven by a little way—a very short and very straight little way that is wholly new.” Therese did not believe in heroic acts or amazing deeds but expressed her love of God by scattering flowers representing every little sacrifice, glance, and word, doing actions for love.
As the Little Flower of Jesus, she gave glory to God by just being her beautiful self among all the other flowers in God’s garden. She always felt her vocation was to pray for priests, to be an apostle to apostles. Her message is simple, full of love of God and neighbor and how to live this love. Her writings show a possible influence of Saint Peter Julian and his love of God in the Eucharist. “Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you—for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart. . .don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love.” (from Story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux)
Let Us Pray:
“If through weakness I should chance to fall, may a glance from your eyes straightway cleanse my soul, and consume all my imperfections—as fire transforms all things into itself.” (Prayer of Saint Therese of Lisieux)
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