Thursday, October 01, 2020

Therese of Lisieux: 'tis Mary's part

Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
    Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897
    Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
    —John 12:3 (NIV)
To live of love, ’tis Mary’s part to share,
    To bathe with tears and odorous perfume
Thy holy feet, to wipe them with my hair,
    To kiss them; then still loftier lot assume,—
To rise, and by Thy side to take my place,
    And pour my ointments on Thy holy head.
But with no balsams I embalm Thy Face!
        ’Tis love, instead!
    ... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907, “To Live of Love”, n. 12 (see the book)
    See also John 12:3-8; Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:37-38; 23:55-24:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, enlarge my heart so that I may love You.
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