Tuesday of 26th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Unless You Turn and Become Like Children, You Will Not Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. She was born into a family of nine children, and she was the youngest. Four of the nine children died and left five girls behind. All five girls entered convent. When Therese was not even four years old yet, her mom passed away after twelve years of suffering from cancer. Therese joined the Carmelite in the convent of Lisieux, France at the age of fifteen. After a Christmas Eve Mass in 1886, she understood her call in a cloistered life to love God and to love others.

Unlike other doctors of the Church such as Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Thomas Aquinas, and many others who had a brilliant mind and a great gift of explaining God through their writing on theology, spirituality, mysticism, or through their defense of the faith in the face of heresy and schism, Therese was a doctor without talent of writing to defense for the faith. Most doctors of the Church went through study in university, but Therese never stepped her feet into any university. Her school of theology is to love God and to love others.

Her love of God and others is really what the Lord Jesus reminds his disciples saying, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Saint Therese really lived this teaching of the Lord Jesus that in everything she faced in convent, she offered it up to the Lord because of her love for God and for others. In convent laundry of Lisieux, for example, Therese worked opposite a sister who would splash her with dirty water while washing the handkerchiefs. She refrained from her inclination to draw back and wipe her face to show the sister how much this annoyed her. At her last breath, they heard her saying, “My Lord, I love you.” With her great love for the Lord that won her a crown in heaven as doctor of the Church, how are your love and my love for the Lord whom we profess with our lips, believe with our whole being, and love with all our heart, mind and soul?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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