On the feast of St. Therese I rejoice with the people of Great Britain in all the graces they are receiving during the "reverse pilgrimage" of the relics of St. Therese and with the friends of St. Therese all over the world. May I ask two feast-day favors of my readers?
First, on October 12 the reliquary will visit the Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. The Catholic Herald reports that inspectors recently found that the prison had deteriorated and that gang activity had increased. Will you please join in prayer with and for the prisoners and ask God to permit the visit of the reliquary of St. Therese to open a new era of nonviolence for everyone associated with the prison? I invite you all to join in "days of solidarity" between Therese's feast and October 12, and to pray fervently before and during the visit that it will be a turning point in the spiritual history of the prison.
Second, I ask your prayers for a personal intention: the healing of my sister, who is seriously ill.
May we celebrate St. Therese not only by admiring her but also by casting ourselves, as she did, into "the abysses of love and mercy of the Heart of Jesus."
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
The lives of the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; their spirituality and the life of their family, their beatification in 2008; what we can learn from them today.