Preaching Notes – Feast of Saint Thérèse (Sun) October 3

Note: While the Feast of Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, is October 1, we also celebrate our parish feast on the Sunday following her day which this year is October 3, 2021.

Thérèse’s Dilemma

  • Thérèse wanted to perform extraordinary deeds for God, but knew she was “too little” to accomplish any of them.
  • “I feel the need and the desire to carry out the most heroic deeds for You, O Jesus.”

God’s Solution

  • By means of grace Thérèse came to understand that Jesus did not demand great actions from her, but only surrender and gratitude.
  • “Jesus has no need of our works, but only of our love.”


Love Alone Matters

  • Thérèse knew that all of her deeds, no matter how small, can and will be done in love.
  • “I have no other means of proving my love for You other than that of strewing flowers, that is not allowing one little sacrifice to escape, not one look, one word, profiting by all of the smallest things and doing them through love.”


Because Thérèse’s little sacrifices were loving deeds, they became extraordinary deeds.

When we similarly act through love, God loves through us and is made present right where we are.

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