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.