I'm a great believer in the Communion of Saints. There is something very comforting in knowing that the holy beloveds who have gone before continue to watch over us here on earth. My favorite saint is St. Therese of Lisieux. She was born in France on January 2, 1873, the ninth and last child of her parents. She was extraordinary in her faith and devotion to Jesus. Therese entered the Carmelite Order at the young age of 15. Diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 23, her sisters encouraged her to write down her childhood recollections, which became the spiritual best-seller, The Story of a Soul. I highly recommend it to you. In it, Therese instructs us in her "little way" of trust, complete self-surrender and doing all things simply and to one's highest ability. Therese died in 1897, not yet 25 years old. She was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
Therese's feast day is October 1. Fall is approaching, and there are many tasks that call us to busy-ness. So Therese's feast day is a good reminder that we all should place our complete trust in God. Whatever our task, we must approach it with humility and Therese's "little way" of simplicity and perfection. If that seems hard to do, it's time to take a deep breath and remember that we are all called to holiness, no matter our age or abilities. Praying in faith, believing God will give us the strength to do what needs to be done.
Therese's name means "Harvester," and Ascension's fields are ripe for harvest! Yet the laborers are few. There are so many ways to get involved with the parish. Ask your clergy where you might best fit in. Whether it's attending our Sunday formation offerings, cooking for the ill, becoming a Stephen Minister, acolyting, teaching or simply answering phones, we need you. Think: what will your sacred harvest look like in this coming fall season? Let us reap a bounteous reward!
Your servant in Christ,