|DON'T BE SUCH A BABY!|
This week's art and culture column is called "St. Therese of Lisieux's Christmas Eve Conversion."
Here's how it begins:
"Thérèse of Lisieux, as you may know, is one of only three women to have been made a Doctor of the Church. Her mother died when Thérèse was 4. One by one, her four older sisters left for the cloister. She became emotionally clingy.
A key moment in her spiritual development occurred on Christmas Eve of 1886. She called it her 'second conversion.'
The French custom at that time was for children to leave their shoes by the fireplace for the parents to fill with candy. As the youngest of the Martin daughters, Thérèse — 13 at the time — was the last to keep up the ritual. Returning from midnight Mass that night, her father, tired and uncharacteristically cranky, passed the pair of filled shoes and remarked: “Well, fortunately this is the last year.”
Thérèse overheard and began to run up to her room. Her impulse was to burst into tears and make a scene. Instead, halfway up the stairs she paused, willed herself to smile, turned, marched back to the parlor, embraced her father and opened the presents with good cheer and thanks"...
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.
St. Thérèse entered adulthood at the age of 14. I'm still waiting...
|A GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST |
FROM THE YEAR THE SINK STOPPED UP JUST BEFORE DINNER