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GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

My little sister: SAINT THERESE

October is a special month of Feasts. In it we observe the Feasts of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Guardian Angels, St. Frances of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Luke the Evangelist, and St. Isaac Jogues, only to mention some. But there is another Feast of a Saint about whom I have never written and would like to do so for two reasons.

Firstly, she has special charge over me. I was baptized Teresa Marie and my parents named the Little Flower as my patroness.

Secondly, we have this past year celebrated the centenary of her death. The Little Flower died in 1897. On October 1st of this year (1997), the 100th anniversary of her death will be celebrated. The Little Flowerís full name as a Religious was: Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. I am so happy to note that the Little Flower had a special devotion to Our Lordís Holy Face because I do, too, very much so.

I call St. Therese my little sister, because I am older than she (she died at the age of 24 after suffering intensely from tuberculosis) and, according to what photos I have seen of her, I weigh more than she did.

The Little Flower achieved great holiness in a very short space of time by doing ordinary, little things with great love for God... by loving God with all of her heart where she was... in the very simple duties of everyday living. I thought I would honor her and the centenary of her death by sharing with you some of her own words. May they inspire and comfort you as they have done to many.

God bless you and may there be many, many more St. Theresas out there for the sake of Heaven and earth.
September 29, 1997 volume 8, no. 19;         Sister Mary Lucy Astuto's column