Friday, September 15, 2006

September with St. Therese - September 15

Welcome to our series tracing the last month of St. Therese's life on this earth which was September 1897. It's called September with St. Therese and I hope you will visit here every day for an inspirational message about our dear little saint.

We will bring you excerpts from Her Last Conversations and Novissima Verba which follow her struggle the last few months of her life. On days for which there are no specific quotes, I will select a passage from one of her writings.

"I said: 'Today's great sufferings will appear to you as very small when you are in heaven.'"
'Oh! even on earth, I find them already very small.'

"In the evening, during recreation:"
'Just now when Sister Genevieve said to Sister Martha, who asked how I was: 'She is very tired!' I was thinking: That's really true, I am! Yes, I'm like a tired and harassed traveller, who reaches the end of his journey and falls over. Yes, but I'll be falling into God's arms!'

"Mother Prioress told me that I have nothing to do in order to prepare for death because I was prepared in advance." Excerpted from Her Last Conversations.

St. Therese, open our hearts to accept the sufferings that Jesus sends us. Teach us your litle way and help us to see the graces that can come from joining our sufferings to the passion of Jesus.

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