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 Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

of the Holy Face

"The World of St. Therese and Her Parents," a new photo show. August 19, 2018

In honor of the visit of the relics of St. Therese and of her parents, Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, to Ireland in for the World Meeting of Families, I have created a photo show, "The World of Saint Therese and Her Family," to offer you a visual experience of the concrete reality of their lives on earth, during which they became holy. It contains more than 350 photos.  Many are from my visit to France in May, and some are of locations never published before.  I am excited to be able to offer it to you.

To see it, please click the photo below.  If you enjoy it, please help me to spread the word quickly.  Thank you.

 

Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 04:49PM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

St. Therese asked the Pope's permission to enter 130 years ago today, on November 20, 1887

Therese Martin, 14, asks Pope Leo XIII for permission to become a Carmelite at age 15. Stained-glass window in the church of St. Eulalie, Bordeaux, where her father, St. Louis Martin, was baptized.

Read St. Therese's description of the memorable day when she requested the Pope's permission to become a Carmelite before the usual age at the Web site of the Archives of the Carmel of Lisieux.

Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:39PM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

"A Map of the Way of Confidence and Love of St. Therese of Lisieux," a conference on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Mount Saint Joseph Carmelite Monastery in San Jose, California

St. Therese at 16, in 1889

I am happy to announce that, at the invitation of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Mount Saint Joseph Monastery in San Jose, California, I will present my conference "A Map of the Way of Confidence and Love of St. Therese of Lisieux" at the monastery on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Please click here for details.

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 02:36PM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

"An Encounter with Saint Therese of Lisieux," a retreat day at the Carmelite Monastery in Santa Clara, California on Saturday, September 11, 2017

 

Therese Martin, aged 15, in April 1888

I'm delighted to announce that, at the invitation of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of Santa Clara, California, I will have the joy of presenting three conferences about St. Therese and Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin at a retreat day, open to the public, at the Carmel of the Infant Jesus, the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Santa Clara.  Please click here for my page with details.  

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 02:23PM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Day Nine: Twenty years ago today, Pope John Paul II formally declares St. Therese a Doctor of the Universal Church. Divini Amoris Scientia, his Apostolic Letter, 19 October 1997

A poster of St. Therese displayed at the Basilica at Lisieux in 2009. Photo credit: Peter Klostermann

11.  This year, when the centenary of the glorious death of Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is being celebrated, as we prepare to celebrate the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, after receiving a great number of authoritative petitions, especially from many Espiscopal Conferences throughout the world, and after accepting the official petition, or Supplex Libellus, addressed to me on 8 March 1997 by the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, as well as from the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and from the Postulator General of the same order, I decided to entrust the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which has competence in this matter, with the special study of the cause for conferring the title of Doctor on this Saint, "after hearing the opinion of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the eminent doctrine" (Apost. Const. Pastor Bonus, n. 73).

After the necessary documentation had been collected, the two above-mentioned Congregations addressed the question in the meetings of their respective consultors: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 5 May 1997, with regard to the "eminent doctrine," and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 29 May of the same year, to examine the special "Positio." On the following 17 June, the Cardinals and Bishops who are members of these Congregations, following a procedure approved by me for this occasion, met in a plenary interdicasterial session and discussed the cause, giving a unanimously favorable opinion on granting the title of Doctor of the Universal Church to St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. I was personally informed of this opinion by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and by the Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop Alberto Bovone, titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Numidia.

In view of this, on 24 August last, during the Angelus prayer in the presence of hundreds of Bishops and before a vast throng of young people from around the world, gathered in Paris for the 12th World Youth Day, I wanted personally to announce my intention to proclaim Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face a Doctor of the Universal Church during the celebration of World Mission Sunday in Rome.

Today, 19 October 1997, in St Peter's Square, filled with faithful from every part of the world, and in the presence of a great many Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops, during the solemn Eucharistic celebration I proclaimed Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face a Doctor of the Universal Church in these words:

Fulfilling the wishes of many Brothers in the Episcopate and of a great number of the faithful throughout the world, after consulting the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and hearing the opinion of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding her eminent doctrine, with certain knowledge and after lengthy reflection, with the fullness of Our apostolic authority We declare Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, virgin, to be a Doctor of the Universal Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

This having been duly enacted, We decree that this Apostolic Letter is to be religiously preserved and to have full effect both now and in the future; furthermore, it is thus to be judged and defined as right, and whatever to the contrary may be attempted by anyone, on whatever authority, knowingly or unknowingly, is null and void.

Given in Rome, at St Peter's, under the Fisherman's ring, the 19th day of the month of October in the year of the Lord 1997, the 20th of the Pontificate.

excerpted from "Divini Amoris Scientia," the Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II declaring St. Therese of Lisieux a Doctor of the Church.

 

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:45PM by Registered CommenterMaureen O'Riordan | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint
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