St Therese of Lisieux paid a visit to our parish on Monday last. Her relics which are on a journey around the world, rested at the Carmelite Monastery on St Vincent’s Road. They were there for four hours only but many hundreds of people took the opportunity to pay their respects to this saint of the Church.
Therese, who died at the age of 24 and was virtually unknown during her life time, made an enormous impact on the Church with her writings which were discovered after she had died. This note on our website is not the place to go into her story, but her autobiography – taken from the notes she left – is well worth reading: ‘Story of a Soul.’
After her stay at Carmel she made progress to Lancaster Cathedral and that is where many of our parishioners caught up with her. A coach left St Clare’s on Tuesday and arrived at the cathedral in time for midday prayer, the angelus and Holy Mass which was celebrated by the retired bishop: Patrick O’Donoghue.
The cathedral was alive with groups and individuals coming to pay their respects to this lovely saint. And the organisation was first class. There were many interesting attractions: a video of the life of Therese on a continuous loop, a book store, St Therese’s Garden, a mock-up of her convent cell and many other interesting diversions.
People queued prayerfully to spend some time at the relics, and throughout the period the Sacrament of Reconciliation was available. Our group thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the experience.
St. Therese – Pray for us!
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