Sunday, March 18, 2012
St Therese -- A Steel Magnolia
She was tough, and this post recounts her exploits in the first world war. She appeared to French soldiers and did miracles. This is a trait she shares with every saint--the awareness that she is a soldier for Christ. The same language is used by St Benedict in his rule, and examine the writings of every saint and you will find the military imagery.
I realize that it is Lent and a time of battle, but I am feeling more and more the call to be a happy warrior, and look to St Therese as a patroness. How crazily wonderful is the Catholic faith that we put forward as our most noble knight the princess--and as the most manly warrior a little girl!
For more on this saint Pius XII called 'manly' you might want my book St Benedict and St Therese--The Little Rule and the Little Way.
Fr Longenecker at Sunday, March 18, 2012