St. Therese of Lisieux and Her Little Way

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St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is patroness of this blog. She is a French Carmelite nun who died in 1897 at the young age of just 24. In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Therese to be a doctor of the Church. You can read more about St. Therese here at CatholicCulture.org .  We celebrate her feast day October 1st. (Happy almost-feast-day St. Therese!) St. Therese had total trust in the mercy of God and His love for her. According to The Society of the Little Flower, “Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love.” Her Little…continued

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Can You Love God for Just One Minute?

We may think we want to do great things for God, but sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Fr. Rick Pilger gave a small challenge to the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church  a couple of weeks ago – spend one minute a day telling God you love Him. Just one minute and no one was off the hook. He explicitly said that those who already practice other devotions or prayers should still do this. It’s just one minute, after all. It doesn’t sound like much does it? In fact, it sounds like such a little…continued

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Confidence in God’s Mercy

I have been reading St. Therese of Liseaux this summer. This is from the book, “St Therese, by Those Who Knew Her” which is a collection of testimonies given in the process of her canonization.Therese once prayed, “Dear Jesus, I wish I could explain, to all those who are conscious of their own littleness, how great your condescension is! I feel that if, by some impossible chance, you could find someone weaker and more insignificant than me, you would overwhelm her with still greater graces, provided she gave herself up with entire confidence to your mercy.” I am little! I…continued

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Empty Rolls

Well, the Little Way is certainly not glamorous. One of my lessons involved toilet paper. It seemed that every time I reached for a square, either at work or at home, the roll was empty. At first I dutifully replaced the roll, feeling quite pleased with myself and my service to humanity. Then after a few weeks of this almost daily chore, I began to think, “Can’t ANYBODY else change a roll of toilet paper? Am I the only one ANYWHERE who can do this??” Once that little voice of resentment joined me, changing that roll made me feel annoyed.…continued

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The Little Way and Dirty Socks

The first Theresa I read was Theresa of Avila. I loved all three of her books, The Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection, and her Life. I loved her self-deprecating humor, her ardour, her strong will and toughness. I admired her. But I sure found it hard to emulate her. Then I found another Theresa. Therese of Liseux, The Little Flower. Reading her Story of a Soul I felt there may be hope for me after all! I did not have to do great big things, arduous penances, hours of strict prayer devotions. I could learn to be even smaller,…continued

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