Sunday, 24 February 2008

For Your Diaries...

The relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to visit England and Wales for the first time from 16 September to 7 October 2009.

Over the last 15 years the casket containing the earthly remains of has much loved saint visited 40 countries in all five continents, and is a frequent presence at significant events in Rome and elsewhere. St. Thérèse was born in Alençon, Normandy in 1873 and at an early age entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. She became assistant novice-mistress in 1893 and took special responsibility for the junior sisters.

She died of tuberculosis on 30 September 1897. Canonisation (the declaration that she is a saint) followed in 1925; she is most famed for the spirituality that she lived by, which is called the 'Little Way'.

St. Thérèse is 'Patroness of the Missions' of the Catholic Church and a 'Doctor of the Church'.

Immediately after her burial, miracles of healing began to take place at St. Thérèse's tomb, fulfilling her prophecy that she would 'let fall a shower of roses on the earth' after her death....
[Read More at Catholic Action UK {link on right}]

...and of course this is another excuse to plug the excellent book by my old curate and idol , Canon John Udris : 'Holy Daring' .

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