Therese of Lisieux


Therese of Lisieux

In my ongoing quest to lift up women leaders of the Church, today is the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux for many of our brothers and sisters around the world.  She was a French Catholic Carmelite nun who lived in the late 19th Century, only living to the age of 24.  And yet she is one of the more popular saints in church history.  Go figure.

This is mainly due to her spiritual memoir, Story of a Soul, which lays out the “little way” – a simple life of prayer and good works.  I encourage you to discover the witness of St. Terese.

I conclude with her Morning Prayer:

O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen.

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