Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Feast Day St Therese and Happy Month of the Rosary

Today is the feast of one of my favorite saints, St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as The Little Flower.  I really admire her approach of offering up all the "little things" that grate on one's nerves during a typical day.  Annoyances like rude people, slow drivers, overly chatty acquaintances and bad hair days can be turned into blessings by offering them up.

I also like her analogy of souls to different types of flowers:

Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God has created are beautiful, how the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understand that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. So it is in the world of souls, Jesus' garden. He has created smaller ones and those must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God's glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be. 
- from Story of a Soul
St. Therese is also known as "St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face."   That is the name she took when she entered the Carmelite Monastery due to her devotion to the infant Jesus and her fascination with the image of Jesus' suffering face imprinted on Veronica's veil.

My mother recently gave me a holy card with the image of Jesus' face, at right, and I always carry it in my purse.  It was created by NASA using the negatives from the shroud of Turin.  I love His eyes in this image.  They are so gentle and loving yet they stare straight into your very soul.

October 1st also ushers in the Month of the Most Holy Rosary.  It's a perfect opportunity to begin (or renew) a devotion to the Blessed Mother's favorite prayer.  Try to pray the Rosary every day this month.  Ask St. Therese to help you.


Kathleen's Catholic said...

Thank you so much for this post, Peggy. A great way to start the day. I love St. Therese. Last night, I was reading a little bit of her autobiography, and came across her explanation of the elevator, Christ's arms. It is so beautiful! Her trust in Jesus comes off the page and is so real!! As a reader, I can just feel her deep devotion. Very inspiring and lifting.

My sister-in-law hung a large portrait of Therese as a little girl in her daughter's room. Therese Martin was an adorable child. Even at a young, young age, she felt the calling.

I think I'm going to try to devote myself to the Rosary and re-reading Story of a Soul this month. This would definitely be time well-spent.

God bless.

Peggy Bowes said...

Thanks for taking the time to post a comment, Kathleen. I've read several books about St. Therese but haven't read Story of a Soul yet. I'm putting it on my list.

I used to lead a Little Flowers Girls' Club, and it was so fun to teach the girls about St. Therese, the Blessed Mother and other inspirational female saints.