Tuesday, August 29, 2006

St. Therese's Last Photo 108 years ago

August 30, 1897...this photo of our dear little saint was taken 108 years ago. Quoting from Her Last Conversations...

"We placed her on a folding bed and rolled her out onto the cloister walk up to the choir door. We left her there alone for a good length of time. She was praying with her eyes facing the grille. Then she cast some rose petals towards it. We photographed her before bringing her in."

I'm having trouble translating the quote on the card. I speak some French but this one is beyond me. Can anyone help? +JMJT

A Big Thank You to Catholic Bloggers

Here is one of my favorite photographs of our dear little saint taken the day after her death by her sister Celine. Have you ever seen a more serene countenance?

I am really heartened by my request for help from the Catholic blogging community. So many folks are mentioning my new website The Little Way on their blogs. I'm starting to get orders from all over the country. THANKS!

I'm asking folks to post their personal experiences with St. Therese. She's a very persistent saint. I'm sure many of you know what I mean. She came into my life in a big way in 1997 - the centenary of her death. She doesn't let go ! I like to tell people she jumped in my car on February 9, 1997. Literally !

More about my personal experiences in another blog. +JMJT

Saturday, August 26, 2006

St. Therese ...We're bloggin' now !

The Good Lord never ceases to amaze me. Two days ago I couldn't have told you what a blog looked like. Today I'm doing my second post. God bless Brother Benedict who gave me the idea to throw my hat (or our hats if you count St. Therese's) in the blog ring. I've been checking out what seems like hundreds of Catholic blogs and have had more than a few really good chuckles. I'm astounded at the creativity and commitment to the Catholic faith that's evident from all of the 'excitement' these blogs show. People seem to be having fun, sharing their faith, instructing and learning all at the same time. St. Therese...we're right where we are supposed to be.

Our website The Little Way had a big day. We had 3 orders...thanks to the bloggers I've emailed about our site, I'm sure. God bless all of you. St. Therese...please send these kind folks the consolation of your prayers.

It would be wonderful if you would post your experiences and relationship with our dear little saint on this blog. And if you know someone who is devoted to St. Therese or interested in carmelite spirituality, please invite them to this blog.

One thing you should know about me. I'm a fan of the late Herb Caen of the SF Chronicle and hopelessly addicted to three dot journalism... I'm afraid you'll have to put up with it if you want to read these posts...I've been trying for years to stop ...help...help...help...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

We're just starting out in the blog world

Hello everyone out there...wherever you are. I am new to blogging so I'm asking for everyone's patience as I get this new technology figured out. I know very little about blogging but what I do know leads me to believe that it is a powerful medium to exchange and disseminate information. My love for St. Therese of Lisieux began in 1997 - the year of the 100th anniversary of her death. A local carmelite priest told me that she was 'really bringing people in' during that year and I was one of the ones caught up in her loving net. That's another story in itself for another post. On July 24 of this year I launched www.thelittleway.com. It is a website that I have had the name registered for six years. The holy cards and photos of St. Therese on the website are all published by her monastery store in Lisieux and are considered 'official' images of her. I've offered them for the past 2 years on ebay and have sold her items to many different countries. She is loved by people all over the globe who want to follow her 'little way' of spiritual childhood. In a nutshell, her little way asks each of us to place our total trust and confidence on Our Lord, just as a child puts all of its confidence and trust in its parents. I am in the process of adding books about St. Therese to the site and carmelite gift items also.

The site has been up for about a month now and I am asking for your help in spreading the word. I depend on my Catholic bookstore and now the website for a living. I am buying google ads to help publicize the site. Because it is so new it is not showing up in the google searches.

Recently I sent out 102 press releases to the major diocesan newspapers in America. I also sent out about 25 press releases to the major newspapers in America like the New York Times. So far no one has picked up the releases online and I'm wondering...is anybody out there...?

I am a member of the Order Carmelites Discalced Secular. Our group meets on the second Saturday of each month and we are lucky to have a monastery of cloistered carmelite nuns in Carmel where we meet. Salinas California is near the Monterey Peninsula in California and just a few minutes from Carmel.

I'm signing off for now. Please write us with your St. Therese story...many people have had beautiful experiences with her. Please share yours and share our new little website also.

Through the intercession of St. Therese, may our prayers be answered.