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“Love is everlasting”: St. Theresa and a heart aflame

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

stthereseofthechildjesus.gifLike most of us, I have people in my life that I have a hard time loving. 

So this morning’s entry for the Office of Readings, for the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (or Therese of Lisieux, as many of us know her) had special resonance.  It comes from her autobiography:

Love appeared to me to be the hinge for my vocation.  Indeed I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members, but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking; I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart appeared to be aflame with love.  I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more.  I saw and realized that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place.  In one word, that love is everlasting.  

St. Theresa, I pray… 

that you help me to love those who are unlovable…
that you guide me to offer charity toward those who are uncharitable…
and that you help me to offer healing to those who would prefer to inflict wounds. 
This I ask, through Christ our Lord.
Amen


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elm

posted October 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm


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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted October 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm


elm …
Jesus didn’t stay in the synagogue; he went out to the people, and dined with tax collectors, prostitutes and sinners.
My hope is that by joining the Beliefnet team, I’ll reach a wider, larger and broader audience. That’s what evangelization is all about, isn’t it?
Blessings,
Dcn. G.



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Frank

posted October 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm


Amen Deacon Greg, Amen!



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Annie

posted October 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm


In Ireland we know her as ‘The Little Flower’ – and my Uncle (a priest in South Africa) and I were emailing today and he reminded me that this is her feast day – so nice to see her remembered here, too.



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Kerri

posted October 16, 2009 at 9:20 am


Thank you for your blog entry from yesterday – I love St. Therese and your prayer was beautiful.



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posted October 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm


By the time I was 15 I had had it with the Roman Catholic Church. After being subject to strict and corporal nuns and even being punched by a priest I no longer had use for the Church. As I progressed into psuedo-intellectuallism I found so many glaring contradictions in the Word and the practice of most Christian religions…maybe all religions. Eventually thru my own struggles and problems I came back to God and began both empirically and theorhtically to understand the impossibility of atheism. I also learned that we can know and love God in spite of those who have misused religion not because of them. I was psycically and emotionally floored one day when I read the Sermon on the Mount which I had never looked at as an adult.Pure love. A guide for lliving as powerful as the Ten Commandments. I was exposed to the Fellowship of Christians thru my Seventh Day Adventist wife and began to learn true humility through other experience.
I no longer judge any religion. I can pray in any church, mosque or synagogue, in the shower, on a mountain etc.I know when I am at a Mass or an Adventist service that we are all there , obstensibly for the same reason…and who am I to second-guess the Creator of All, who am I with a few ounces of grey matter in my skull to think I can really know or control anything…especially regarding an infinite, eternal entity. What does the term “believe” actually mean even? So when one tells me somethig about a Saint or The Prophet or the Red Sea parting…I am okay with that…I found true freedom when I gave up my role as judge, manager and left to God what is God’s purview.What I can do is be accepting and loving. The Deity to which time and distance and physics are meaningless I think can likely encompass and love all.



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