The Little Flower

There was something very familiar about the young woman known as “The Little Flower.” It wasn’t simply the smile radiating happiness or my mother and grandmother’s devotion to her. I experienced the deep knowing associated with a friend or sister. As I watched, “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus,” I realized that my grandmother, Mary Jane McNulty, modeled the saint’s “little way” of prayer and forbearance.

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There was something very familiar about the young woman known as “The Little Flower.”  It wasn’t simply the smile radiating happiness or my mother and grandmother’s devotion to her. I experienced the deep knowing associated with a friend or sister. As I watched, “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus,” I realized that my grandmother, Mary Jane McNulty, modeled the saint’s “little way” of prayer and forbearance. How often I recall my dear Nana saying: “God is good,” in the most trying circumstances and her hours of silent prayer. This 1997 DVD from Ignatius Press runs 90 minutes and tells the story with photographs of the saint and her contemporaries, scenes of her native Normandy, selections from “Story of a Soul,” and interviews with a priest and Carmelite sister in Lisieux. St. Therese’s October 1st feast day begins a month of devotions to Our Blessed Mother. On October 21st, Bishop Noonan will open the Marian Congress at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. The theme of the 2011 Marian Congress is: “The Role of Mary in Our Faith.”  Presentations in English and Spanish will be offered by Fr. Randy Soto, Associate Professor of New Testament at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Fr. Esau Garcia of Holy Cross Church, and Fr. Miguel Gonzalez of St. John Vianney Church. The Congress will nurture our faith and highlight the important role of our Blessed Mother in salvation history. Visit click here and register for the event. Order “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus” DVD during your visit to the Media Resource Center @ click here, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.