St. Thérèse of Lisieux, lovingly known as "The Little Flower," continues to captivate the hearts of the faithful and inspire people worldwide. Her feast day, celebrated on October 1st, serves as a poignant reminder of her profound spiritual journey and enduring legacy. Thérèse, born in 1873 in France, exemplified a life of simplicity and devotion to God, making her one of the most beloved Catholic saints of the 20th century.

Thérèse's "Little Way" is at the heart of her spirituality. She believed that holiness could be achieved through small, daily acts of love and kindness. Her autobiography, "Story of a Soul," reveals her deep spiritual insights and her unwavering trust in God. Thérèse's teachings emphasize the importance of childlike faith, humility, and trust in God's infinite mercy. Her approach resonates with many who seek to find holiness in the ordinary moments of life.

The celebration of St. Thérèse's feast day on October 1st is a time for reflection on her legacy and an opportunity to seek her intercession. Her influence extends far beyond the Catholic Church, touching people of various faiths and beliefs. Thérèse's life and writings continue to inspire individuals to embrace the beauty of simplicity, love, and unwavering trust in their spiritual journey. As we remember "The Little Flower" on her feast day, we are reminded that, like her, we too can find holiness in our everyday lives through acts of love and devotion to God.
October 13, 2023 — Andy Gesek