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Today we remember the Little Flower
Vivificat! A personal Catholic blog of news, opinion, commentary, and reflection ^ | 1 October 2005 | Teófilo

Posted on 10/01/2005 8:07:02 AM PDT by Teófilo

Picture courtesy of EWTNFolks, today is the feast day of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Virgin, and Doctor of the Church. St. Thérèse of Lisieux is the patron saint of AIDS sufferers, aviators, florists, illness, missions, and Russia. She is the secondary patroness of France (after Saint Joan of Arc). In 1927 she was made a patron saint for foreign missions. In the Apostolic Letter Divini Amoris Scientia ("The Science of Divine Love") of October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her a "Doctor of the Universal Church". A movement is under way now to canonize her parents (Wikipedia). She's also my wife's special protectress, whose name my wife assumed after having made a final consecration to Christ as a lay Benedictine. What follows is from today's Office of Readings, an excerpt from her classic work, Story of a Soul:

Since my longing for martyrdom was powerful and unsettling, I turned to the epistles of St. Paul in the hope of finally finding an answer. By chance the 12th and 13th chapters of the 1st epistle to the Corinthians caught my attention, and in the first section I read that not everyone can be an apostle, prophet or teacher, that the Church is composed of a variety of members, and that the eye cannot be the hand. Even with such an answer revealed before me, I was not satisfied and did not find peace.

I persevered in the reading and did not let my mind wander until I found this encouraging theme: Set your desires on the greater gifts. And I will show you the way which surpasses all others. For the Apostle insists that the greater gifts are nothing at all without love and that this same love is surely the best path leading directly to God. At length I had found peace of mind.

When I had looked upon the mystical body of the Church, I recognised myself in none of the members which St. Paul described, and what is more, I desired to distinguish myself more favourably within the whole body. Love appeared to me to be the hinge for my vocation. Indeed I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members, but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking; I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart appeared to be aflame with love. I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more. I saw and realised that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everlasting.

Then, nearly ecstatic with the supreme joy in my soul, I proclaimed: O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that very place, my God. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, as my desire finds its direction.

- Checkout the Little Flower's Centenial site at EWTN.

- Check out the Wikipedia's article on St. Thérèse

- Read Pope John Paul II's Divini Amoris Scientia, the solemn declaration of St. Thérèse as Doctor of the Church, also at EWTN.

- Purchase the above icon from Mt. Angel Abbey Icon Studio.

- Purchase the Story of a Soul from TAN Publishers.

TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion
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1 posted on 10/01/2005 8:07:03 AM PDT by Teófilo
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To: Teófilo

Hey thanks much for that post. She is a miracle worker.

2 posted on 10/01/2005 9:06:03 AM PDT by ex-snook (Vote gridlock for the most conservative government)
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New Film on the Life of St. Thèrése of Lisieux Screened for the Roman Curia

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Catholic Caucus - St. Therese of Lisieux

Saint Therese of Lisieux-Excerpts from autobiography:STORY OF A SOUL

The Little Way of St. Therese [Long]

St. Therese and Her Little Way

Today we remember the Little Flower

3 posted on 10/01/2005 9:16:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Teófilo
I hate to be picking holes in your coat, but the patron saint of Russia is not St. Thérèse. It is St. Nicholas,

4 posted on 10/01/2005 9:22:02 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame

Not so fast. Apparently, she's a patron saint of Russia too, although I don't know what's the connection.


5 posted on 10/01/2005 10:05:02 AM PDT by Teófilo (Visit Vivificat! -
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To: Teófilo

For the Little Flower.

6 posted on 10/01/2005 10:49:30 AM PDT by Maeve (Praying .......)
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To: Teófilo

"Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors."

- St. Thérèse


Look into the life of St.Thérèse from her early years as a loving child to her achievement of heroic holiness.

Programs about St. Thérèse in the

Pray the Little Flower Novena for nine consecutive days

Letters from and to St. Thérèse reveal her deepest thoughts, her charity, and her great Love of God.

Learn about St. Thérèse through her own writings, and from those who knew her.

Shows parents how an intimate knowledge & love of the saints can help form character and ideals. Shows how to make sanctity attractive to and the goal of their children.

Take a glimpse into the spirituality of St. Thérèse and how she came to perfection in the Carmel of Lisieux.

Prayers and quotes from St. Thérèse's writings, and prayers to the saint..

Learn more about St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face through these selected sources.

7 posted on 10/01/2008 10:38:02 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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