Above image: Thérèse with angels – 1913 – painting by Céline, 27 x 40 cm
As we begin our retreat tomorrow–September 23rd–we also begin the novena to St. Therese. We take all the petitions we receive in the mail, along with those of our loving benefactors and friends, and implore this dear Saint to work her miracles of love within the very Heart of our Merciful King Jesus. It isn’t too late to send your petitions or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But that’s not all that is special about tomorrow. You may have heard, but if not, we have a new saint in the making from our very close neighbor of Oklahoma, and Little Rock’s archdiocese. Father Stanley Francis Rother will be beatified tomorrow in Oklahoma City at 10 a.m., to be televised live on EWTN. He is the first American-born martyr and the first U.S. priest to be beatified.
We are very proud that our Bishop Anthony B. Taylor played an important role in the Cause for canonization for Father Rother:
The Bishop of Little Rock, Anthony B. Taylor, who was formerly a priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and who met Rother and conducted interviews in Guatemala on behalf of his canonization cause, agrees.
“[Rother] is an especially powerful witness for our priests, especially in a time when we very much need models of priestly courage and holiness,” Taylor said. “And he was such an ordinary man, a plain old American like you and me. . . . But he stuck with his flock in their most difficult times, and today’s priests are called to do the same thing.” (excerpt from an article by Ross Kenneth | The Washington Post,
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Fr. Stanley Rother, pray for us!