Saturday, September 02, 2006

September with St. Therese - September 3

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 was standing in front of the fireplace, busied about my housework, and I was disturbed about something that wasn't going the way I wanted. She said:
"Bobonne, no restlessness of spirit!"

"That same day, but not in the same circumstances, I said: 'Creatures will not to able to know that we loved each other so much.' She answered;
"It's not worth desiring that creatures believe it; the important thing is that it's so.'
Taking on a tone of assurance;
'Yes, but since both of us will be on God's two knees!' She had a delightful way of saying this 'Yes, but!' " Excerpted from Her Last Conversations (with Celine).

"I said: 'When I think we are taking care of a little saint!'
'Well, so much the better! However, I would want God to say it.'" Excerpted from Her Last Conversations.

"I told her what I had heard recounted of the triumphal reception given by France to the Czar of Russia.
'Ah! I am not dazzled by all that! ...Talk to me of God, of the examples of the saints, and of all that which is the truth...' " Excerpted from Novissima Verba.

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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