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Feast day of Therese of Lisieux

(We are called to embrace the somber reality of our world) “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” ― Therese de Lisieux Many people do with St. Therese of Lisieux what […]


St. Thérèse Of Lisieux And The Little Way Of Piety

St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–1897) shows us how to love and honor God as Father in perfectly childlike, though not childish ways. Thérèse boldly sought Pope Leo XIII’s permission, face-to-face, to enter the Carmelite Order at the young age of fifteen. The pope deferred to the judgment of her local superiors, and Thérèse soon received […]


True freedom is interior

Freedom is what makes man to be man.  Freedom is what distinguishes man from the rest of visible reality—sun, moon, stars, elements, plants and animals.  On the natural level, freedom is man’s greatest gift or quality. What is freedom?  Freedom is the ability to choose between various goods; it means that man is not determined […]


St. Therese and the Monk

My relationship with St. Therese skyrocketed when I unexpectedly ran into her during my first trip to St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City, when I was studying sociology at St. Bonaventure University. Immediately upon opening the large, heavy wooden doors of the cathedral, the childlike healing face of St. Therese looked at me. It […]