Hello everybody; happy feast day. Today, we celebrate the Memorial of the Little Flower – St. Therese of the Child Jesus. This great, Carmelite Doctor of the Church exemplified the virtues of humility and simplicity. St. Therese is a model for our times – most especially for us – the youth. For when she was just fifteen, she gave herself completely to Christ as His spouse; to humbly serve Him – in “the Little Way” – for the rest of her short life.
Today is also Saturday, the day of the week dedicated to the Blessed Mother.
I know many of you who follow this blog have noticed that I have not posted since Tuesday. I apologize, for those of us up in the “Frozen Tundra” – the Door County Peninsula – we are experiencing a Black Out. A wind storm came through Thursday and knocked out the electricity. Yeah, it has been an “adventurous” 36 hrs. There are still about 8,000 people without power – and my laptop has a 1 hr. battery life – so this post is going to be short.
I would like to do justice to both the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin on Saturday and the Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. So, despite my limited resources, I am going to do my ardent best.
On this, her feast day, would you please join me – and St. Therese – in honoring the Blessed Mother, using the words of St. Therese.
O Sweetest Star of Heaven.
O sweetest Star of Heaven! O
Virgin, spotless, blest,
Shining with Jesus’ light,
guiding to Him my way!
O Mother! ‘neath thy veil let
my tired spirit rest,
For this brief passing day!
– St. Therese of the Child Jesus, June, 1894
(Poem taken from Poems of St. Theresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, trans. by S.L. Emery, 1907, Kindle Edition)
Thank you and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on her special day.