Dispatch from Crame No. 393: Senator Leila M. de Lima on the Feast of Saint Therese


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Today is the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, also known as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

I’ve been learning a lot about this “greatest saint of modern times” from my daily devotional readings.

She teaches us that it’s our nothingness or littleness that attracts Jesus to us. That Jesus is closest to the “little souls”: the humble, the powerless, the weak and the broken.

You and I can be a legion of little souls, following St. Therese’s “little way” of total confidence in God.

St. Therese exhorts that while we live ordinary lives, we can have extraordinary faith, or one that “hopes against hope.”

Hoping against hope is what resonates with me most. I hope against hope for an early deliverance from persecution and for freedom. And I hope against hope that the darkness and brokenness that envelop our society today will soon depart us and give way to light and pure humanity.

This I pray to the great and child-like heart of St. Therese. Amen.

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