Sunday, October 18, 2009

Carmelite Friars report on the huge crowds draw to venerate the relics of St Therese across UK - click to read

"I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth" (Story of the Soul)
"If my wishes are granted, my heaven will be spent on earth until the end of the world" (Complete Spiritual Doctrine of St Therese by F. Jamart, OCD)

From the homily of Abp Vincent Nichols  preached at Westminster Cathedral in London at the Farewell Mass upon return of the relics of St Therese to Lisieux:

"Over the past twenty-five days, thousands upon thousands of people have thronged to pray in the presence of these precious relics of St Therese. Today, as we prepare to return these relics to Lisieux , we thank God for the graces and blessings we have received. This has been a time of such wonderful expressions of faith and love in which we have been strengthened and filled with joyful encouragement.
This outpouring of faith had baffled many people. Some secular commentators were not able to make sense of it at all. I have found their incomprehension quite intriguing. Other reports have simply described what was there to be seen: so many people finding encouragement, perseverance and hope through the example and prayers of this most remarkable young woman. But surely they can see, unless they refuse to do so, her testimony to the spiritual dimension of human living, a dimension which takes us beyond that which can be measured and lifts human reasonableness to new levels, and flowers in heroism, sacrifice and perseverance." To read full text click

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