St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, known as “the little flower,” was prophetically called by Pope Pius X, the “greatest saint of modern times.” Time continues to echo her greatness.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, known as “the little flower,” was prophetically called by Pope Pius X, the “greatest saint of modern times.” Time continues to echo her greatness. As a Doctor of the Church, St. Therese continues to be the subject of numerous new books and homilies each year. This year, 2023, is a very special year for all Carmelites as well as the Church. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of St. Therese’s birth and the 100thanniversary of her beatification. In 2025, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her canonization. The Carmelite world is talking about St. Therese in a big way!
In today’s homily, given by Deacon Rusty Baldwin, OCDS, he talks about how St. Therese used the gifts God gave her, returning them to Him as a spiritual bouquet of flowers. Episodes from the life of St. Therese are reflected on to help us know how to imitate her. These are wonderful lessons for each of us to grow closer to God, no matter what state of life we lead. May St. Therese intercede for us and help us to use God’s gifts wisely.
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