Feast of St Therese of Lisieux
Today is the feast day of one of the most popular saints in the church, St Therese of Lisieux. Therese was born in France in 1873, the pampered daughter of a mother who had wanted to be a saint and a father who had wanted to be monk.
The young Therese got special permission ot join the Carmelite order before she was the proper age. However she was burning with the desire for martyrdom and could not understand what part she was to play in God’s church.
While reading chapters 12 and 13 of Corinthians, Therese realized that her niche in the church, as an enclosed nun was to be a beating heart of love, a fount of love, praying constantly and loving those around her. The church, like any other organism, needed a healthy loving heart, and this Therese decided to be.
A few years ago Pope John Paul II elevated St Therese to the status of Doctor of the Church. To be made a doctor a saint has to have taught the world something new about God or holiness.
What did Therese teach us that was new?
She taught us that real holiness and sanctity can be attained in the mundane everyday things of life, in the work of the convent, the putting up with other’s defects and just simply loving those around us.
Sounds easy til you try it!!