Prayers from Whom?

St. Thérèse is the official patron of this blog!  She also happens to be a great Saint of the Catholic Church and patron of missionaries, one of the patrons of FOCUS, and the namesake of my very cute little niece!

Thérèse was born in Lisieux, France in 1873.  At age 15 she entered a Carmelite community in Lisieux.  She died just a few years later at the age of 24.  She seemed to be of little-to-no consequence.  She seemed to have left no legacy.  To most she was just another country nun in France.  But, oh boy, were they wrong!   (I’ll link that to St. Therese’s official fan club website once its renovations are done but, for now, it’s linked to the most-official source ever, Wikipedia!)

What’s with the blog title, Jane?  Thérèse had a great desire to be a missionary, but the Lord called her to enter a convent.  She said in her autobiography (Story of a Soul), “I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your Name and to plant your glorious cross on infidel soil…I would be a missionary, not for a few years only, but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages.”

She soooo wanted to be a missionary but, instead, followed the will of the Lord, entered Carmel and decided to pray fervently for missionaries.  She also writes in her story of a soul, “I feel especially that my mission is about to begin, my mission of making God loved as I love him of giving my little way to souls.  If God answers my desires, my heaven will be spent on earth until the end of the world.  Yes, I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”  I know that she is in heaven helping my mission.  My mission is to reach out to each and every one of the 12,000 souls at North Dakota State University (if our college campuses aren’t infidel soil….what is?).

St. Thérèse is my girl, the patron of my mission, and one of my biggest supporters.  So, I give her my blog title and eagerly anticipate the grace poured out over Fargo because of her prayers!

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