I love St. Therese of Lisieux. I have loved her for years. I call her my first saint.
After I converted to Catholicism, I was not too interested in the saints. I wasn’t sure I would ever be interested. I just didn’t get it.
Then someone gave me a copy of St. Therese’s book, Story of a Soul. And that was it. She grabbed my heart.
I had met my first saint. And she opened up so many doors for me. I was able to see God as a loving Father. I was able to understand the spirituality of being like a child. And to be confident in God’s mercy.
And of course, God’s awesome gift of the communion of saints.
This is some of what she has taught me.
So, when I heard that a local Catholic church was going to have St Therese’s writing desk there for one day, I knew I had to go see it. This desk was the desk she used to do all of her writing, including her manuscripts that became the book, Story of a Soul.
St. Therese found this run down writing desk in the attic. She gave her nicer newer desk to another nun. She would place the writing desk in her lap and write her letters and her manuscripts, etc.
As luck would have it, or should I say grace, my mother was visiting me. She is not Catholic but she is a deaconess in the protestant church and was more than happy to go. And she enjoyed learning about St. Therese and seeing the desk. You can see a picture of the desk at the beginning of this blog post.
The priest who brought the desk from Lisieux, the first time it has ever been allowed out of the monastery, invited us to put our names in the drawer of the desk. The names will be placed at St. Therese’s grave and prayers will be said for us.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from St Therese –
“To call God my Father and to know myself His Child, that is Heaven to me.” – St. Thérèse