Skip to comments.The Little-Known St. Thérèse (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 10/01/2009 2:26:13 PM PDT by Pyro7480
On October 1, 2009, the liturgy of the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, "the greatest saint of modern times," in the words of Pope Saint Pius X. The charm of her "Little Way," with all its sweetness and mercy, admirably harmonizes with the traits of a genuine warrior, "I would die in a battlefield, arms in hand," she once stated.
Her soul had infinite aspirations: she wanted to be a warrior, priest, apostle, doctor of the Church and martyr; she felt the courage of a crusader, of a Papal Zouave; she wanted to die in the battlefield defending the Church; she wanted to preach the Gospel to the four continents and to the remotest islands.
This warrior aspect of Saint Thérèses soul is dominant in her moral profile. Yet, even those who love her most, tend to forget this trait....
Saint Thérèse signed her Canticle to obtain the canonization of Saint Joan of Arc as "A French soldier, defender of the Church and admirer of Joan of Arc."
..."This is a manly soul..." Pope Pius XI later said. Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus thus followed the advice of the great Saint Thérèse of Avila to her daughters: "I want you not to be women in anything, but equal to strong men in everything!"
A handwriting analysis of Saint Thérèse's Act of Profession gives this admirable testimony: "An iron-clad resolution, a great will to fight, an indomitable energy are expressed here. These traits show at the same time the fright of a child and the decisiveness of a warrior."
In 1914, when the First World War breaks out, Saint Thérèse appears some forty times in various battlefields, at times holding a cross in her hand, at times a saber!...
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yes. Thank you for posting.
She’s my saint.
I read somewhere before the soldiers took her for a Patron.
I've got enough Latin to translate the title - "A Rain of Roses - Interventions of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus during the War". And reading the first account under "Guerre - II", it seems that a young woman, an unimaginative person, saw a vision of a very devout young soldier being embraced by St. Thérèse and presented by her with a palm -- and therefore knew he was dead. They later received the report that he had died in battle.
But I can only get every 3rd word and guess the rest . . . could somebody who is fluent in French translate an account or two? I'd be happy to do the same for any German translation that becomes necessary in the future . . . .
Mine too! : ) Thanks for the reminder, LE. Her feast day used to be October 3. : )
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"A Shower of Roses" [Catholic Caucus]
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St. Therese and the Little Way
Today we remember the Little Flower
New Film on the Life of St. Thèrése of Lisieux Screened for the Roman Curia
She is my saint as well!!! ; ~ )
:) Still owe you another story.(((((Hugs))))))