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The Letters of Saint Thérèse, Pt. 2

Thérèse has much to teach our age of the image, the appearance, the “self.” We have become a dangerously self-conscious people, painfully aware of the need to be fulfilled, yet knowing we are not. Thérèse, like so many saints, sought to serve others, to do something outside herself, to forget herself in quiet acts of love. She is one of the great examples of the gospel paradox that we gain our life by losing it, and that the seed that falls to the ground must die in order to live.
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My Faith Helped Me Forgive

It took a long time to think of my dad as human. His presence loomed in my head as a larger-than-life monster who was guilty of sexually abusing girls when I was a teenager. The things he did drove me to the brink of suicidal thoughts throughout my life.
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The Letters of Saint Thérèse, Pt. 1

Mother Marie de Gonzague, the superior at the cloistered convent at Carmel, wrote this of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “Tall and strong, with the air of a child, with a tone of voice and an expression that hide in her the wisdom, perfection and perspicacity of a 50-year-old . . . a little ‘untouchable saint,’ to whom you would give the Good God without confession, but whose cap is full of mischief to play on whomever she wants. “A mystic, a comic, she is everything. She can make you weep with devotion and just as easily faint with laughing during recreation.”
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Finding Your True Identity

When my dad was arrested, it was a big headline on the front page of the small town paper in which I lived. The first day back at school after his arrest I felt the weight of the stares, heard the muffled whispers of accusation, and saw pointed fingers from my classmates.
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Saint Thérèse: Simple, Profound Love

The young religious sister whom Saint Pius X described as “the greatest saint of modern times,” spent nine years in a cloistered convent in northern France. The “Patroness of the Missions” never visited one, although she corresponded with priests who served as missionaries. The titles by which the world knows her gloss over the truth about her time in religious life: She was not that remarkable.
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The Power of Forgiveness

My sophomore year of high school ended with me sitting in the principal’s office taking my finals. Before me sat the bubble sheet waiting for me to answer a myriad of questions; however, the prior week's trauma made it virtually impossible to concentrate. 
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Saint Francis Novena | Day Nine: Consolation

Day Nine | Consolation
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Saint Francis Novena | Day Eight: Creation

Day Eight | Creation
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Saint Francis Novena | Day Seven: Mary

Day Seven | Mary
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Saint Francis Novena | Day Six: Peace

Day Six | Peace
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