Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The little flower

Today we celebrate the person who may well be one of the most controversial of the doctors of the Church. St. Therese of Lisieux. In 1997, when Bl. Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church many were to say the least shocked. How could a woman whose writing was so simple be counted among the great theologians of Christianity. Only 35 people hold that title in the history of the church.

Yet Bl. Pope John Paul saw what many could not. That it was precisely her ability to capture the simplicity of the gospel and the path to holiness that made her one of the greatest teachers of the faith.

Today may each of us look for the little flower, tiny acts of love that we can do today, and so imitate St. Therese.