When Thérèse was finally accepted in the Carmelite convent, she discovered that it was far from the romantic life she had expected. While she realised that she was imperfect herself, she also had to suffer a lot from jealousy and pettiness of her sisters in the convent. What made her a saint is the way in which she dealt with this.
How can we endure the great suffering that may come our way if we cannot cope with the small annoyances of life? The great Carmelite saint, and Doctor of the Church, Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), shows us that the way to great sanctity is the little way, the overcoming of little faults, motivated by love.
Pray to the Little Flower, St Thérèse of Lisieux, with this inspiring litany.
Having retired for a while to Syria to live as a hermit, St Jerome learnt Hebrew at the hands of a rabbi. He was later commissioned by Pope Damascus to revise the Latin version of the Bible. He went to Bethlehem to concentrate on this work, together with the writing of Scriptural commentaries and theological works.
This Feast celebrates the three archangels named in Sacred Scripture, reminding us of the angelic world and of their constant ministrations to the world. St Michael is captain of the heavenly army, St Gabriel announced the births of both Jesus and St John the Baptist, and St Raphael took care of Tobias in the book of Tobit.
Traditionally prayed after Mass, this powerful prayer to St Michael invokes the protection of the archangel against the devil.