For those of you interested in Clear Creek Monastery south of Tulsa here is some news of coming events.
On Oct 14, Dom Antoine Forgeot, abbot of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault where several of the monks of Clear Creek were monks for 20 years, will come to Clear Creek for a month.During the stay, there will be several events that are worth putting on your calendar; on Oct 19 four of the monks will be taking simple vows, taken after 2 years.On Oct 25 one of the monks will be receiving priestly ordination and on Nov 1 two will be taking their solemn vows, usually taken after 7 years at the monastery.
For information and directions to the Monastery please go to www.clearcreekmonks.org/
There are also lots of pictures there.
Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass.
They will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.
-St. John Vianney
St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "Little" Saint"
All this volunteering stuff is wearing me out. Larry Bethel on bells, Nellie Roets in house…phew!
It reminds me of St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "little" saint of simplicity and abandonment in God's service and of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.
From New Advent (online)
She was the ninth child of saintly parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, both of whom had wished to consecrate their lives to God in the cloister. The vocation denied them was given to their children, five of whom became religious, one to the Visitation Order and four in the Carmelite Convent of Lisieux. Brought up in an atmosphere of faith where every virtue and aspiration were carefully nurtured and developed, her vocation manifested itself when she was still only a child. Educated by the Benedictines, when she was fifteen she applied for permission to enter the Carmelite Convent, and being refused by the superior, went to Rome with her father, as eager to give her to God as she was to give herself, to seek the consent of the Holy Father, Leo XIII, then celebrating his jubilee. He preferred to leave the decision in the hands of the superior, who finally consented and on 9 April, 1888, at the unusual age of fifteen, Thérèse Martin entered the convent of Lisieux where two of her sisters had preceded her.
The account of the eleven years of her religious life, marked by signal graces and constant growth in holiness, is given by Soeur Thérèse in her autobiography, written in obedience to her superior and published two years after her death. In 1901 it was translated into English, and in 1912 another translation, the first complete edition of the life of the Servant of God, containing the autobiography, "Letters and Spiritual Counsels", was published. Its success was immediate and it has passed into many editions, spreading far and wide the devotion to this "little" saint of simplicity, and abandonment in God's service, of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.
The fame of her sanctity and the many miracles performed through her intercession caused the introduction of her cause of canonization only seventeen years after her death, 10 Jun, 1914.
[Editor's Note: After the publication of this article, St. Thérèse was canonized and later declared a Doctor of the Church.]