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 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 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.


Dymphna said...

A few weeks ago I said a novena to St. Therese. My prayer was answered but of course I didn't get a rose and then to my surprise a few days later someone sent me a St. Therese chaplet.

The chaplet is made by Carmelite nuns in Spain out of crushed rose petals. The dear saint has a sense of humor.

Anonymous said...

Cynthia, it is an honor to be one of your first readers. I have bookmarked your blog for daily visits. I have also visited your bookshop site. Some day, I plan to purchase some of your books.

John Francis