St. Therese dreamed big. Her intention was to make God known and loved to the “ends of the earth.” If she could have traveled the world to accomplish that dream, she certainly would have. In keeping with the spirit of our beloved saint, we at the Society of the Little Flower have been impelled to also dream big.
A few years back, when the Sisters in Lisieux asked us to help with the renovation of their Carmel, we did everything we could to realize that dream. After all, this was St. Therese’s monastery! The positive response so many gave to this effort was both generous and heartfelt. The Sisters in France remain eternally grateful – as do we.
And we also continue to dream. As part of our ongoing effort to make Therese’s “Little Way” become more vibrant to those who follow her spirituality and become present to those generations who have yet to discover her path, the Carmelites and the Society of the Little Flower are launching a major expansion of the National Shrine of St. Therese and the Carmelite Spiritual Center.
Plans are being developed to renovate the Shrine Museum, making it interactive in nature, while also offering more inviting display rooms. In addition we are considering expanding our present chapel to accommodate the large crowds that gather daily for Mass and personal reflection.
The Spiritual Center is in desperate need of extra meeting rooms and bedrooms to handle the growing interest in overnight retreats and pilgrimages. We will share more information on this in the months to come. One of our initial efforts in our campus expansion and renovation was the recent installation of the Carmelite Meditation Garden and Way of the Cross.
This outdoor space welcomes not only pilgrims to the shrine, but also invites visitors from the community and beyond to stop for a few moments to recollect, focusing on sacrifices our Lord made for us, all in a tranquil and prayerful setting. So, as Friends of St. Therese, let us dream together and work hard to make this dream come true.
Faith believes in what seems impossible, hope trusts it can happen and love is about self-giving to make it happen through God’s grace. We need your cooperation and investment. Her “little way” friends will make it happen, step by step. Here at the Society we promise our best effort, knowing you are our inspiration.
St. Therese smiles on, in and through us all, each and all, working together. We owe it to her to continue her dream. We owe it to future generations to dream big.
For more information on how you can help, please call the Society of the Little Flower at 888-996-1212.
Mary Therese Lambert Editor of Between Friends
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