St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

-St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Today is the feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the little flower of child of Jesus. She is the catholic patron saint of missionaries, although she never left her convent. She is the youngest Doctor of the Church, a very special title for those saints whom preaching and writings have help defend and solidify orthodoxy in Christian teaching. Her autobiography “Story of a Soul” is one of the most powerful modern testimonies of Christian faith. She entered the Carmelite order when she was just 15 years old and died from Tuberculosis when she was only 24 years old.

In honor of her feast day here is one of her poems:

MY HOPE

Though in a foreign land I dwell afar,
I taste in dreams the endless joys of heaven.
Fain would I fly beyond the farthest star,
And see the wonders to the ransomed given!
No more the sense of exile weighs on me,
When once I dream of that immortal day.
To my true fatherland, dear God! I see,
For the first time I soon shall fly away.
Ah! give me, Jesus! wings as white as snow,
That unto Thee I soon may take my flight.
I long to be where flowers unfading blow;
I long to see Thee, O my heart’s Delight!
I long to fly to Mary’s mother arms,
To rest upon that spotless throne of bliss;
And, sheltered there from troubles and alarms,
For the first time to feel her gentle kiss.
Thy first sweet smile of welcoming delight
Soon show, O Jesus! to Thy lowly bride;
O’ercome with rapture at that wondrous sight,
Within Thy Sacred Heart, ah! let me hide.
O happy moment! and O heavenly grace!
When I shall hear Thee, Jesus, speak to me;
And the full vision of Thy glorious Face
For the first time my longing eyes shall see.
Thou knowest well, my only martyrdom
Is love, O Heart of Jesus Christ! for Thee;
And if my soul craves for its heavenly home,
‘Tis but to love Thee more, eternally.
Above, when Thy sweet Face unveiled I view,
Measure nor bounds shall to my love be given;
Forever my delight shall seem as new
As the first time my spirit entered heaven.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
June 12, 1896

St. Thérèse of Lisieux “Little flower of the Child of Jesus” pray for us!

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7 thoughts on “St. Thérèse of Lisieux”

  1. I received an e-mail a few years ago Caleb about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, but I didn’t know the1st of October was her remembrance day.

    Although we are to Pray for each other, we see confirmed in the Scripture below, Jesus is our only Mediator or Intercessor, we do not Pray to those who have died before us regardless of who they were on earth because all of us have sinned, only Jesus was without sin and when we Pray for others to Him, we pray with the empowering of the Holy Spirit and yes we are all Saints in Christ Jesus.

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, The Man Christ Jesus.

    Please show me Caleb where in Scripture it tells us that we are to Pray to Mary or anyone else who is dead, does it tell us that Paul or the other Disciples prayed to those who had died.

    Christian Love – Anne.

    1. Dear Anne,

      She is a beautiful witness of a life completely devoted and in love with Christ. What I like about her is the fact that we don’t have to go out and do great amazing things to give glory to God that we can do it all the same by offering everything we do with great love to God. That we can give glory to God even in the smallest things that we do in our daily life!

      Even small flowers give glory to God!

      In response to your questions: As Christian we believe that we are called to pray for one another (1 Timothy 2:1-15) but also we believe as St. Paul teaches that neither death or principalities can separate us form God (Romans 8:38) and therefore we know that once in heaven we will be even closer to God and able to intercede and pray for those that are on earth as John clearly describes in Revelation 5:8:

      “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people”.

      Revelation 5:8

      As Christians we are not praying to dead people because they are more alive in heaven than we are here on earth. Jesus is clear about this as he explained to the Sadducees in Mark 12:26-27:

      “Now about the dead rising–have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

      Moreover it was made crystal clear during the transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus in Matthew 17:2-3:

      “There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus”.

      The fact that we are call to pray for each other over and over in the New Testament does not mean that we are replacing Christ as the only mediator between God and man rather we are participating in God’s plan for salvation with Christ and in Christ!

      This participation does not end when we pass on to the heavenly reward but rather intensify because now we are so much closer to God consumed by his eternal Love! The scriptures confirmed this in the book of Revelation 5:8 when it describes the saints in heaven offering to God the prayers of God’s people on Earth! These saints are are alive and are interceding for us! Just like you and I do when we pray for each other.

      Hope all is well! Say hi to Ron from me!

      God Bless,

      Caleb

  2. Dear Caleb, what I’m seeking to share with you is not a personal attack against you, I very much value you as a person of worth and care for you as I would a Son but it’s not Love to let you continue to be in error, which you are in your understanding of Scripture both with Evolution, praying to the Saints such as Mary, Peter etc and other things you have been taught in error through ignorance of God’s Truth confirmed in Scripture.

    No one Prayed to the Old Testament Saints such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob Moses and Elijah or did they bow down to them. The Beasts and the Twenty-four Elders were not interceding for the Saints on earth, they were offering the Saints prayers as a sweet fragrance after they were collected in vials and the vials belong to God not the them (Revelation15:7) but there is no mention of the Saints you pray to in this Scripture, woman such as Mary are not Elders.

    But we are all Saints in Christ Jesus Caleb, so does this mean you are going to pray to Ron and I too when we die, yes the Prayers of the Saints are our Prayers on earth but the Saints in Heaven are not interceding for the Saints on earth or this would contradict other Scripture that tells us Jesus is our only Mediator or Intercessor and being One with The Spirit in The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today, He knows our needs and Godly heart desires and they are forfilled according to God’s will which always works for our good..

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, The Man Christ Jesus.K.J.V

    Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh Intercession for the Saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that Love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.(KJV)

    Asking for God’s wisdom Caleb and His empowering and believing you have received them means you Trust in Jesus not man to lead you into all understanding.

    Blessings – Anne.

    P.S Have you found the answer yet Caleb in the book of Genesis that confirms that the earth and us did not evolve, all was indeed Created in 6 literal days not over Billions of years.

    1. Dear Anne,

      I appreciate your tender words and caring. Trust me I know that you don’t mean any personal attack but rather that you are coming from a loving place.

      The main issue in our dialogue boils down to the question: Whose interpretation of scripture is correct? In their proper context praying to saints in heaven is clearly scriptural and has been an integral part of Christian tradition since the very early Church.

      I think the problem has something to do with which perspective/tradition you have when reading these passages. For example, when you read those passages you do so through the filters of a protestant tradition. That is not very old and can be traced to a man that founded a community that interprets the bible in a certain way. When I read those very same passages I read them through a very different perspective but one that can be trace back to Jesus through the succession of the Apostles. This biblical interpretation is materialized in the witness of the early church that not only pray to the saints but also venerate and emulated their sample of holiness. Even Martin Luther continued to pray for Mary intersession through out his life!

      You see there is continuity in Christian doctrine. Jesus promised this to his Apostles when he told Peter that the gates of hell will not prevail over his Church! His Church has stood against heresies, violent persecution, internal strife and the frailty of his followers for over 2,000 years! As St. Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, the church has passed down either by word of tradition the teachings of Christ!

      Cheers,

      Caleb

      PS I haven’t had the time to look over Genesis…hopefully soon!

      1. I do not call myself any one Denomination Caleb or do I believe in anyone Denomination as having all the Truth, I only accept what we we see confirmed in Scripture. Although I was Born a Catholic, I’m a Christian first second and last, meaning Christ within us and I belong to God’s World wide Church which is all about our heart focus not anyone Denomination.

        I’m under God’s Authority Caleb , what I share comes from Jesus our only Teacher as He leads me into all Truth and it is confirmed in the Scriptures which we are not too add to or take away from but we can by His logic and reasoning understand hidden mysteries and also share prophesy by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, having also asked for and received God’s wisdom.

        Although I checked the Internet Caleb about Martin Luther as usual I found contradictions and hearsay, not proven fact so I asked a friend who is a Lutheran and also phoned a Lutheran Minister at a Church close to home, and than checked on the main Lutheran Church Website and they all confirmed that Martin Luther did not pray to Mary after leaving the Catholic Church, it was one of the things he stood against from the start.

        My friend and the Lutheran Minister also confirmed that they did not believe that Mary died a Virgin but as most Christians believe and is confirmed in Scripture, that she was one when Jesus was conceived in her by The Holy Spirit but I do firmly believe that like all of God’s faithful Children, we should hold her in high regard and respect her but we are not to Worship, bow down or Pray to her or to any Saint including you and me.

        What you seem to be doing Caleb is rejecting the Scriptures (see below, they are in reference to Jesus who we are to Pray to but instead your accepting man made Doctrine, rules, regulations, Ordinances and Sacraments which God tells us not to do, we are to obey His ones only, such as having heart repentance for the sins we have committed and we are to reject all evil as we aim to be perfected in Love putting our Carnal flesh to death by The Spirit.

        We also are to participate in Believers Baptism showing our Unity with God, share Holy Communion together and we are to serve each other in Love with a humbleness of spirit, rebuking sin, correcting error and warning of danger and to Help those in genuine need too. We also seek to walk in Truth and Holiness, turning away from evil and rejecting it in all it’s forms, we take Pride in our Ministries and in our Unity in The Body of Christ and yes what’s of first importance is we are to Love God with all our all and Love genuinely our Neighbor too meaning everyone.

        Blessings – Anne.

      2. Dear Anne,

        Thank you for the very thoughtful response. I appreciate the due diligence in researching Luther Marian devotions. I do stand corrected. Luther Mariology evolved as he further developed his protestant doctrines. Nevertheless Luther did have great respect for the Blessed Virgin Mary, through out his life. According to John Swan, a protestant apologist, Luther also believed in her perpetual virginity. Although he sternly criticized devotions to Mary (as he interpreted them to be crossing the line into idol worship) he did include the Hail Mary prayer in his Personal Prayer Book, for which his contemporaries heavily criticized him.

        In my cursory research on Luther’s writings I learned two things: first as you stated there are many opposing article on the Internet about Luther’s Mariology. This can be incredibly confusing for people like us that are not expert on the field. Thus, the second thing I learned is that the best way to learn about Luther is to go the source. That is to read his whole body of work and places it into its proper historical context. Perhaps I should have done so!

        I previously lay the biblical foundations for our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the intercession of saints in heaven but we reached an impasse in our interpretation of scriptures. The question then is who is right your interpretation of the scriptures or the interpretation that has been handed down through generations of Christians since the time of the apostles?

        Cheers,

        Caleb

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