Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Novena: September 22-30

Mass of the Roses: 


Sunday, October 6 


9:00 a.m.  Musical Prelude


9:30 a.m.  Outdoor Mass of the Roses



After Mass:  Refreshments

and Extended Gift Shop

Our Dear Friends,


St. Therese wrote in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, of the deep impression that God’s creation left on her from  childhood on.  She said, “I still feel the profound and poetic impressions which were born in my soul at the sight of fields enameled with corn-flowers and all types of wild flowers.  Already I was in love with the wide open spaces.  Space and the gigantic fir trees, the branches sweeping down to the ground, left in my heart an impression similar to the one I experience still today at the sight of nature.”


St. Therese was enamored with twinkling stars, the deep night skies, the moon, the floating clouds, the light breath of an evening breeze.  She said, “Never will I forget the impression the sea made on me; I couldn’t take my eyes off it since its majesty, the roaring of its waves, everything spoke to me of God’s grandeur and power.”  In Switzerland, in wonder she beheld mountains, waterfalls and deep valleys.  


Our Saint said, “He (Jesus) set before me the book of nature; I understood how all the flowers he created are beautiful, how the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy.”


Sadly, ecologists of today describe for us the current decline of planet earth.  Much of mother nature’s God-given beauty has been a victim of the ‘plastic age’ that we live in.  We human beings have managed to disrupt the balance of the whole eco system.  Let us pray, and let us ask St. Therese to intercede for us with our Creator, for the restoration of planet earth with its dynamic witness to Him.  


Your Devoted Carmelite Nuns

Novena Prayer

Father, through St. Therese,

help us to trust

with a childlike disposition

in your mercy and love.

Saint Therese,

remember your promise

to do good on Earth.

Shower down roses

on us and hear our prayers.


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