Three Saints, Three Stories, Three Lessons Learned

Elizabeth Ficocellis book 001

I have just finished reading Elizabeth Ficocelli's story of the lives of Therese, Faustina and Bernadette; and I have to thank Elizabeth when I see her--for I am somehow changed for having had the opportunity to learn at the feet of these great women of God.I had read two of their stories in my youth:  Therese and Bernadette lived in the 19th century, and their stories had been written more than once; so they became favorite and familiar saints from my own childhood.  Faustina, while not my c … [Read more...]

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Therese of Lisieux Could Sew!

Chasuble made by St. Therese

Three-year-old Thérèse sat at her mother’s feet, watching as her mother quickly moved the bobbins and pins on the small pillow.  Only when she was older would Thérèse realize that her mother was the finest lacemaker in all of Alençon, and that Alençon, France was where the finest lace in the world was created.     *     *     *     *     * I’m telling you a story I recall from my own childhood.  I was perhaps five or six when I received a children’s book about St. Thérèse the Little Flower; and … [Read more...]