Wednesday, September 20, 2006

September with St. Therese - September 20

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.

"Doctor de Corniere paid her a visit, and he told us that she still had to suffer a real martyrdom. When leaving, he remarked on her heroic patience, and I told her this:
'How can he say that I'm patient! It's not true! I never stop moaning and groaning: I'm crying all the time. Oh! la la!! And: My God, I can't stand it anymore! Have pity on me!'

"We changed her tunic in the afternoon and were struck by her extreme thinness because her face hadn't changed. I went to ask Mother Prioress to come and see her back. Mother was long in coming, and I had to admire the gentle and patient way in which Therese awaited her arrival. Mother was painfully surprised and said kindly: "What is this little girl who is so thin!"
'A skeleton!' 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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