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 Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

of the Holy Face

"Family reliquary" of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin and St. Therese to be venerated in the Archdiocese of Newark October 17-24, 2015

courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark

As part of the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life and of the canonization of Bl. Louis and Zelie Martin on October 18, 2015, the reliquary of the Martin family, which was commissioned by the Magnificat Foundation and is usually venerated at the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Philadelphia, will be on pilgrimage to the Archdiocese of Newark from October 17, 2015 through and including October 24, 2015.  See the details of the presence of the reliquary of the Martin family in the Archdiocese of Newark.

Please pray a novena to St. Therese (August 6-14, 2015) for the healing of Fr. Martin Nyland

Father Martin Nyland

Please join me and the friends of St. Therese in praying a novena to invoke her intercession for the healing of Father Martin Nyland, ordained a priest for the diocese of Peterborough in Ontario, Canada on August 15, 1992.  Father Nyland is suffering from several diseases that affect the brain and asked me to appeal for your prayers.  He made a pilgrimage to Lisieux some years ago and is asking God, through the intercession of St. Therese, for the miracle of healing.

I usually can't post prayer requests, since they would flood the site, but I am making an exception this once.  Please begin the novena on Thursday, August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration, the date on which Therese used especially to venerate the Holy Face of Jesus and on which she wrote her Act of Consecration to the Holy Face.  Please complete the novena on Friday, August 14, the vigil of the feast of the Assumption.  Please pray as the Holy Spirit leads you, and, so that we may all unite in at least a few words, close your prayer with the words Mary and Martha of Bethany sent to Jesus when Lazarus was ill:  "Lord, the one you love is sick."

in union of prayer,


Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12:23AM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

"St. Therese - the Irish Visit (2001)" - the historic documentary of the visit of the reliquary of St. Therese to Ireland now released online - July 20, 2015

 An historic moment for the pilgrimage of the reliquary of St. Therese in the twenty-first century: "St. Therese: The Irish Visit (2001), the beautiful film made iwhen her relics, arrived on pilgrimage in Ireland, were venerated by three million people, 75% of the population of the country, has just been released online.The film is an hour and twenty-three minutes long, and worth every second.  Witness the historic departure of the relics from Lisieux in the care of the great apostle of St. Therese in ireland, Fr. Joseph Linus Ryan, O. Carm.; their arrival in Ireland, the preparation of the "Theresemobile" by Mr. Patrick Sweeney; and the reception at churches and monasteries all over Ireland, as well as the grand farewell and the return to Lisieux.  "Ireland has come closer to herself during this visit," one person said.  The profound spiritual power of Ireland's encounter with St. Therese in 2001 cannot be expressed in words, but this documentary is a window for you on that deep experience of prayer and contemplative encounter.  This beautiful film was produced by Power Pictures and the Louis and Zelie Martin Foundation in association with RTE. I thank them for making it available online.

The release of this documentary online is a great personal joy to me because the late Father Ryan was a good friend to me and magnanimously supported my work in the United States and online.  Thanks to the Internet, I had the joy of being the first to inform him that, in an interview in January 2008, Cardinal Saraiva Martins had announced that Louis and Zelie would be beatified that year.  Since, as Msgr. Lagoutte, then Rector of the Shrine at Lisieux, said, "Ireland has led the world in promoting the Cause of Louis and Zelie," I wrote to congratulate Fr.  Ryan.  To my surprise, he had known nothing of the announcement, but was overjoyed.  He called me that evening, and, when I asked what he was doing up in the middle of the night, he said "Oh, it's a big night here;we're telling everyone." May God reward him and his devoted partners in Ireland and in France. 

"Under the Veil of the Virgin: The Gradually Developing Relationship of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face to the Blessed Virgin Mary," by Rev. Christopher Armstrong. July 16, 2015

Icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by Br. Robert Lentz, O.F.M.

 In honor of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I have the honor of presenting a link to Under the Veil of the Virgin: The Gradually Developing Relationship of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face to the Blessed Virgin Mary."  This 1994 doctoral dissertation by Rev. Christopher Armstrong, a significant contribution to studies of St. Therese and Mary in English, was published in 1998 by Marian Library Studies: Vol. 26, Article 3, pp. 103-264 and is now online!

When, in 2012, I was preparing a conference on "Mary in the Life and Spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux" for the OCDS National Congress, I reached out to Fr. Armstrong, who kindly sent me a copy of his dissertation.  I found it so fruitful that I'm overjoyed that the University of Dayton has now published it online.  Please do not be put off by the words "doctoral dissertation," for it is marvelously readable. I congratulate and thank Fr. Armstrong and the University of Dayton. Enjoy, and deepen your understanding of Therese!  

The finances of the Carmel of Lisieux (1888-1897), with an analysis by Claude Langlois published online. June 13, 2015

The Carmelite monastery at Lisieux translated into English its ledgers from the years St. Therese lived there (1888-1897) and published them at the Web site of the archives of the Carmel of Lisieux.  The French historian, Claude Langlois, wrote an analysis of the finances of the Lisieux Carmel which tells what we can learn about the Carmel's life and situation from these ledgers and what questions they raise.  I am delighted to announce this latest of the generous gifts the Lisieux Carmel is sharing on its Archives Web site.  How fortunate we are to see all these jewels that were  never before released! 

Did you know that:

  • in order to guarantee the survival of the community, the families of choir sisters were expected to pay board for their daughters during their novitiate; to contribute the cost of the ceremonies of clothing (reception of the habit) and profession; and to give a considerable dowry to provide for their nun-daughter's support?
  • during Therese's first four years at Carmel, the Marquise de Briges, a generous benefactor, contributed gifts totaling 56,000 francs, 35% of the community's annual budget?
  • The considerable dowries of the Martin sisters and the large inheritance the Carmel received in 1894 from the estate of Blessed Louis Martin did much to stabilize the Carmel's finances?  

Read more about the finances of the Lisieux Carmel, 1888-1897

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