Thursday, September 28, 2006

September with St. Therese - September 28

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.

'Mamma!'s air is denied to me, when will God grant me the air of heaven?...'
'Ah! never was it this short!...' (her breathing)

"I said: 'My poor little child, you're like the martyrs in the amphitheatre; we can no longer do anything for you!"
'Oh! you can; nothing but seeing you does me a lot of good.'
"All through the afternoon, she smiled at us; she listened attentively when I read her these passages of the Office of St. Michael, the Archangel: 'The Archangel Michael came with a multitude of angels. It is to him that God has entrusted the care of the souls of His saints in order to bring them to the joys of heaven. He said: 'Archangel Michael, I have placed you as prince over all the souls that are to be received....' "
"She made a sign to me with her hand extended towards me, then she placed it on her heart; this meant that I was in her heart." Excerpted from Her Last Conversations.

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

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