Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Virgin
Feast Day: October 3
Marie-Francoise-Thérèse Martin, known as “The Little Flower of Jesus,’ was born at Alencon, France, on January 2nd, 1873. Reared in a home of comfort and surrounded by refinements that would have spoiled an ordinary child, Terese’s intelligence had an early dawning which enabled her comprehend the Divine Goodness far in advance of her tender years. Our Lord visited upon the child a severe trail – a strange malady from which there seemed no recovery. Her implicit confidence in God, however, overcame her infirmity and she progressed rapidly toward sanctity. Teresa adopted flowers as the symbol of her love for her Divine Saviour and offered her practices in virtue, sacrifice, and mortification as flowers at the feet of Jesus. At fifteen she entered the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux, France, where she distinguished herself by punctual observance of the rule, burning love for God and wonderful trust in Him. Before she died, this “lily of delicious perfume” – as Pope Pius X caller her-- revealed to the superiors her life story in pages of rarest beauty. She died in the odor of sanctity on September 30th, 1897, at the ae of 24. Since her death countless graces have been attributed at her intercession. Pope Benedict XV in 1921 opened the way for the process of her beatification and she was declared Blessed by Pope Pius XI on April 29, 1923, and was canonized on May 17, 1925.
Reflection. —“For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the Good God more Forever.”—The Little Flower.
Prayers and Reading for today’s MASS
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Introit • Cant: 4,8,9
Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse: Thou hast wounded my heart. Ps. 112, 1. Praise the Lord, ye children: Praise ye the name of the Lord. Gory be …
O lord, Who hast said: Unless ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to follow the footsteps of blessed Teresa, virgin, in lowliness and simplicity of heart that we my gain everlasting rewards. Who livest.
Epistle • Is. 66:12-14
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet
For Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will bring upon her as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory of the gentiles, which you shall suck; you shall be carried at the breast, and upon the knees they shall caress you. As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb, and the hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants.
Gradual • Matthew 11:25
I confess to Thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou last hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them to little ones. Ps. 70:5 My hope, O lord, from my youth.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ecclus 39:17-19. Bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters. Give ye a sweet odor as Libanus. Send forth flowers, as the lily, and yield a smell, and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in His works. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matthew 18:1-5
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[Christ teaches humility, to beware of scandal, and to flee the occasions of sin, for our Guardian Angels see the face of God.]
At that time, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest Thou, is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven? and Jesus calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them, and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Offertory • Luke 1:46-48,49
My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid: He that is mighty hath done great things to me.
We beseech Thee, O lord, that the holy intercession of blessed Teresa, Thy virgin, may make our sacrifice agreeable to Thee, so that it may be made acceptable by the merits of her in whose honor it is solemnly offered. Through our Lord.
Communion • Deut 32:10,12
He led her about and taught her: and He kept her as the apple of His eye. As the eagle, He spread His wings and hath taken her, and carried her on His shoulders. The lord alone was her leader.
Day the heavenly mystery, O lord, enkindle in us that fire of love, whereby the blessed Terese, Thy virgin, offered herself to Thee as a victim of charity for men. Through our Lord.