Voices ever ancient, ever new. Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus 2013.

“When the days for his being taken up* were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem ...” (Luke 9:51)

In commenting on this verse from the Gospel according to Saint Luke from today’s Mass Readings, Cyril of Alexandria writes:

“It says, “When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” This means that after he would endure his saving passion for us, the time would come when he should ascend to heaven and dwell with God the Father, so he determined to go to Jerusalem. This is, I think, the meaning of his “set his face.” (Commentary on Luke, Homily 56)”

Today is the memorial of Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. On 6 April 2011, Pope Benedict devoted his weekly Wednesday audience to reflections on her life and theology.

An excerpt from Saint Thérèse’s autobiography (which also appears in today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings) is presented here along with a brief biography.

O God,
Who open your Kingdom
to those who are humble and to little ones,
lead us to follow trustingly
in the little way of Saint Therese,
so that through her intercession
we may see your eternal glory revealed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!