Today I begin the novena to my most favorite Saint. St. Therese, the Little Flower, has made a huge impact in my life. She has been instrumental in my 're-version' and understanding of the Catholic faith I profess. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to visit her birth place and the area in France where she spent most of her life (Liseux). What a special weekend trip we had back in the fall of 1997. Myself and some of my dearest sisters from college went together to attain a deeper closeness to St. Therese and this is exactly what I know happened for me. I treasure those memories and those visual images more than any other trip we took during the semester we spent studying in Europe.
I truly believe it was thru the intercession of St. Therese that I got to Franciscan University. And now I look back on those days as some of the very best days of my life. It was through the University that I gained the desire to live a good, holy life. And through prayer and focus on my relationship with Christ that I met my husband.
So, in honor of my best friend, St. Therese, and her upcoming Feast day, I am beginning this 9 days of prayer and am praying for some very close to my heart intentions.
I hope you'll join me!