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October 1, 2014
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer – for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (September 25, 2014)
On this special day, the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, let’s remember the moment when Our Lady appeared to St. Therese, and healed her of a terrible disease. Therese’s description of that moment is beautiful, and reminds me of the description Our Lady is giving us in this message of how we should be!
Fr. Hardon tells the story this way:
Until Thérèse was nine years old, her sister Pauline took the place of her mother. But in 1881 when Pauline entered the Carmel at Lisieux, her younger sister felt the shock so severely that she came down with a nervous malady from which according to human calculations she was never to be cured. She seemed to be almost constantly in delirium. The doctors were perplexed about the nature of the sickness, but were sure that it could not be cured.
During moments when the pain was less severe, she found special delight in weaving garlands of flowers for Our Lady’s altar. “We were then in the beautiful month of May, when all of nature was adorned with the flowers of springtime; only the little flower was languishing and seemed destined to die. That is until she received sunlight from above, and that sunlight was the miraculous statue of the Queen of Heaven.”
Often in the course of her illness, she turned towards the statue of Our Lady and asked to be cured. Her father wrote to Paris to have some Masses celebrated in the Sanctuary of Notre Dame des Victoires, asking for the cure of his “poor little queen.” At the same time a novena was begun to the Blessed Virgin, but no sign of improvement. In fact, Thérèse became steadily worse until she could not even recognize those who stood beside her. Finally, on the Sunday before the novena ended, during a spasm of delirious pain while her sisters were praying before the statue of the Immaculate Heart, “I also turned to our Heavenly Mother,” she relates, “begging her with all my heart to have pity on me. All of a sudden the statue became alive! The Virgin became beautiful, so beautiful that I could never find words to express it…But what penetrated to the roots of my being was her ravishing smile. At that moment all my pains vanished.” (Ibid., 51)
Our Lady smiled on Therese, and she was healed!! “Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer…” Our Lady’s smile brought with it all the radiance, beauty, joy and peace that God had filled her with. She who is full of grace, smiled, and that grace radiated upon little Therese and brought the healing God had for her.
Isn’t that what Our Lady wants to happen through us? She wants us to become full of God’s grace, and become His smile for others. She wants us to radiate God’s love. We can be His smile for others through our faith, our prayer, our joy, and our love.
“Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God.”
May we become God’s smile on earth for those who need so much to receive it!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2014
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October 2, 2014
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