Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, “October 1, Saint of the Day”
“Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as a novice at age 16.”
“Honor St. Thérèse by thinking of all the small things you do to try to be the best and most loving person you can be: starting the day with prayer; listening patiently to another’s woes; letting another car go ahead of you. All these things count, and all are beautiful.”
“How blessed we are to have you, St. Thérèse,
to show us that tiny things have magnitude in God’s eyes.
Like you, I feel small.
Thank you for pointing me to what really matters:
St. Thérèse, thank you for living a life
ever-present to the possibility of bringing your love
to the ordinary and the routine.
It’s enough for any of us to be one sweet blossom, petit-petaled.”
“Today, feel the humility and truth of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s words: “‘Always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.’”
“The Little Flower” 2nd January 1873 – 30th September 1897
“Her sense of commitment led her to a profound experience of the love of God and of neighbor. She never had an easy life, but she did live with a great sense of peace and joy.”
“A Saint is a Friend of God who Lives with God in Heaven.”
“St. Thérèse believed that the people of her time lived in too great fear of God’s judgment. The fear was stifling and did not allow people to experience the freedom of the children of God. St. Therese knew from her life that God is merciful love; many scripture passages in the Old and New Testaments bore out that truth. She loved the maternal images for God in the Old Testament and the love of God for us in Jesus Christ. In fact, St. Thérèse once wrote that she could not understand how anyone could be afraid of a God who became a child. She also knew that she would never be perfect. Therefore, she went to God as a child approaches a parent with open arms and a profound trust.”
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
“Therese’s ‘little way’ of trusting in Jesus to make her holy and relying on small daily sacrifices instead of great deeds appealed to the thousands of Catholics and others who were trying to find holiness in ordinary lives.”
Invite your children to draw St. Thérèse surrounded by flowers. I used watercolors for St. Thérèse and colorful ink for the garden around her.
“We are all children of God.”
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