The Feast of St. Therese, The Little Flower
The past couple of weeks have been quite difficult for many people in our country. Massive unemployment and economic turmoil reminiscent of the Great Depression might have caused many of us to lose faith in our country and in our economic system. This week’s Feasts of St. Therese and St. Francis are most welcome during these troubling times, since these two Saints lived their lives with complete trust in God’s providence, even during very difficult circumstances.
If you haven’t read St. Therese’s autobiography Story of a Soul, please try to pick up a copy of this wonderful book. The movie Therese is very inspiring, but leaves out many beautiful details of the book.
As an extra motivation for you to read the book, I’ve included a few of my favorite excerpts below:“One day I was worried about the happiness of the blessed in Heaven. I knew that some saints are greater than other, being possessed of more glory. Well, what about the lesser saints? are they unhappy because of this? Pauline took my little thimble and a large drinking glass belonging to Papa. She filled both to the brim with water. Then, smiling into my anxious face, she told me to look closely. "Which is fuller? The thimble or the glass?" At once I understood. The little thimble represented one soul, the large glass another. Each could hold no more water than Pauline had put in it. Without any trouble I realized the example could also be applied to Heaven. Here the saints reflect just that beauty and perfection which God had decided for them. Each is "full", and there can never be any sorrow because some are little thimbles and others large glasses.”