Her feast day is October 1st.
Here are just a few ideas for how to honor and celebrate this amazing saint in your home:
- St. Therese was deeply passionate about bringing souls to Christ, and she prayed fervently for missionaries. She even corresponded with a young missionary priest, though such a thing was almost unprecedented for a Carmelite nun. Consider giving a donation to a favorite missionary cause, and do take time to pray for the mission fields all over the world.
- If you personally know someone who does not have a relationship with God, consider sharing the Gospel message with them. Commit this person to St. Therese’s intercession in prayer.
- Therese’s “little way” teaches us that it is in the small, everyday places that God often finds us and where we can best serve him. Therese once wrote of finding God in a jam sandwich! Consider serving some jam sandwiches for lunch today, especially if you have young children. It’s the perfect time of year to crack open a jar of homemade jam, if you were canning this summer, but any kind will do.
- I’m going to be making this Rose Cake from Catholic Cuisine in honor of the Little Flower, as St. Therese is sometimes called, to serve at a mother’s ministry that I am co-leading at our parish. Our first session is on Therese’s feast, so we are dedicating our group to her intercession. Our theme will be “Meeting God in the Little Ways,” a very appropriate theme for mothers. As a mom, I certainly share St. Therese’s conviction that I am only capable of serving God in the little things.
- Read aloud from any of St. Therese’s remarkable writings. Her thoughts are rather like Holy Scripture: deeply profound, and yet simple enough for the littlest child. Why not choose an excerpt or two to add to your family devotions on October 1st?
- In the morning, commit your day to St. Therese’s intercession. Then, strive your hardest to live her “little way.” Be conscious of all those little temptations you usually ignore or routinely give in to; resist them, and lift them up as sacrifices to Jesus. Find little ways to bless those around you today, and perform small, good deeds without seeking to be noticed or acknowledged for them.
- Celebrate St. Therese’s French heritage by whipping up a meal from her native country’s excellent culinary repertoire. Despite its undeserved reputation for being fussy and expensive, much traditional French cooking is actually quite economical and easy to make. Why not serve some French toast for breakfast? Or maybe whip up a simple cheese soufflé (surprisingly c’est du gateau) with a salad of fresh greens and a baguette for a light supper? Uncork a bottle of your favorite wine, and bon appétit!