Happy Feast of St. Therese! I LOVE St. Therese. I’m so glad that Lydia from Flourish in Hope is hosting this link-up. My post is a two parter. The first part is about my relationship with St. Therese and then the second part is a way that I learned more about her and meditated on some of her quotes.
When I was getting ready to be confirmed I did the usual thing kids do. Look at all the names they liked/wished they had. I came across Theresa and told my mom how there were a lot of St. Theresa’s. She told me that my dad loved St. Therese the little flower and how he always prayed to her. So I started to read about her and I loved how she did a lot in a little way.
As a way to stay connected to my dad who had passed away I chose St. Therese of Lisieux as my confirmation Saint. And ever since then I have prayed to her and learned more and more about her.
Two years ago I did a whirlwind tour of Europe. When we were planning the France portion of our trip I made sure we figured out a way to visit Lisieux, France. One day while we were in France we took a two-hour train ride from Paris into the countryside of France and visited this teeny town of Lisieux.
It just amazed me how THOUSANDS of people visit/pilgrimage this little town every year because of this young saint. The Cathedral is HUGE and built on a hill so it’s the first thing you see when you get off the train.
Every year I pray her novena right around her feast day. I always hope that I will receive roses but alas I never do but that is okay. I sometimes feel we treat novena’s as this catholic magic. I tried convincing my fiance that St. Therese told me he should buy me flowers today but I don’t think he bought it. Oh well.
Anyway so back to my confirmation saint. I have a lot of friends that I have met over the years that share St. Therese as my Confirmation Saint. I feel like it’s a way to connect with other Catholics. One person is a friend that I have known since birth. We ended up losing contact between ages 10-16 but have since reconnected. When we reconnected I remember seeing a St. Therese display in her room one time when I was visiting her and I asked her about it. She told me that was a confirmation gift since that was her saint. I told her that she was my confirmation saint as well! And I remember both of just thinking wow we haven’t talked to each other in years and we both chose the same confirmation saint!
Now years later I have learned that she is a very popular saint and MANY girls choose her but at the time I didn’t know a lot of Catholics and didn’t realize how popular she was.
I have written in a few mini-blogs how I LOVE the Bullet Journal System. I have also posted a few photos on my instagram/twitter. My favorite part of the system is I can create fun spreads for holidays, events, classes I’m taking, or FEAST DAYS.
While I was creating my October Pages in my Bullet Journal I received an email with some Saint Therese activity worksheets. I printed it out and thought about what I could do with it. I thought hey I can use washi tape to paste it in my journal. So I did.
Then I thought about looking for a coloring page to add to it. I often shrink coloring pages to add to odd pages in my journal and then color them.
When I was looking for the coloring pages I ended up on a pinterest page full of quotes by St. Therese. Then I wrote several of the quotes in the white spaces on my pages around the word search and the coloring page.
Many of these quotes I had never heard before. As I was reading the quotes and writing them in my bullet journal I felt like I was learning more and more about her. I would read the quote, write the quote, and then read them again and reflect on what it said. I thought this was an easy way to learn and meditate more about one of my favorite saints.
Total Disclaimer: I did not click any of the links for sources. So I have no idea if all of these quotes are quotes that St. Therese said or wrote..or quotes that people made up.
Even if you don’t have a Bullet Journal you could create something like this about St. Therese or any of your favorite saints in a journal, notebook, or some computer paper. My theory is just because something might be for kids (like word searches) doesn’t mean we can’t do it anyway.