Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Daily Reflection

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux


From today’s Scripture: “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”—Mt 18:3-4 (from Memorial Mass)

How do mothers and fathers care for their children? One day at a time, sometimes one HOUR at time! Caring for little ones at home, one sees the mystery of Jesus’ poverty. Little things become the important things. And, even moreso, unimportant people become the most important people.

St. Thérèse is one of two patrons of the missions in the Catholic Church (the other is St. Francis Xavier). Why is this little woman, an unimportant contemplative who stayed in France, in a cloister, considered patroness of our missions worldwide? Because no one, no effort, is too small to contribute to the mission of the Church. And prayers, even from the least of us, are heard by God. (In fact, Scripture tells us, maybe more than anyone’s!)

Let us pray: God, give me the humility today to understand the importance of little things, my small actions and acts of kindness. When I wash my dishes, do my laundry, mow my lawn, drive to work, say my prayers—let me see your grace in every action.



Today’s author is John Feister, an award-winning journalist and member of Glenmary’s Communications Team. This week’s reflections are also in Spanish, available by email.



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