There is a popular Saint Therese prayer card in which people ask her for a favor, and then promise to help more people learn about her life. This is a good thing, because becoming more familiar with this remarkable woman can help us look at God in a new way.
Saint Therese viewed God as a merciful friend whom she could always turn to in time of need. He would always be there for her, and He would always pick her up, even if she had fallen. She had a very simple, childlike faith, in stark contrast to a heresy known as Jansenism, which had swept through her native France, and still hadn't completely gone away.
Jansenism takes a very rigorous approach to God, and views Him as a distant, cold and punishing Creator, instead of as a loving and forgiving Father. This heresy also makes it more difficult to get close to God, because we begin to fear Him. It also makes it harder to love God, because why would we want to love such a harsh Deity.
Anyway, Saint Therese seemed to be God's antidote to this heresy, because she had such total trust in His goodness and mercy.
This is part of the reason so many Catholics around the world have adopted Saint Therese as a patron, because her spirituality is so simple, yet so profound.
Your Godmum must pray for you. That's nice to have a Godmother like that.
My favorite saint is St Jude, but St Therese is probably not far behind if I'm honest. I'm firmly liberal Anglican but that doesn't stop me from having elements of Catholic belief after a Catholic secondary school education and still having a Godmum who is fiercely Catholic.
The saints certainly do that. Saint Therese is probably my very favorite saint.
I really like Mother Theresa. I just read more about her, and how she was so driven to help people.
Hi Abby, I'm so happy you like reading these Catholic pieces. Thanks for reading.
Yet again, another concise, well-written article from you. I think that you do a good job in exploring and revealing the devotional and hagiographical side of Catholicism. For those unfamiliar with the term, hagiography means holy writing, and it deals with the stories of saints.Another Christian term is witness. In Christianity witness is what we do when we live well and give example of faith to others. The saints give witness to their faith.
I am marveled at Saints who come to birth in the world across all religions around the world to teach is humanity, generosity and benevolence. Saint Therese reminds me of Mother Teresa who made India her destination and home.
I really enjoy reading your catholic articles. Even though I'm a Protestant, I can still find a nugget of information or spiritual aspect I can relate to.