"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Little Flower

Many of us prefer the photographs of the Saint to most paintings of her, even this one painted by her talented sister Celine. But did you know that Celine modeled the expression we see here from that of how Therese looked immediately after death?
"...In 1905, at the urgent request of the community I painted a picture of Therese as she appeared immediately after death. For a model, I used the photo taken in the infirmary on October 1. The sisters who had been her contemporary considered my portrait a perfect likeness of our Saint. It was this picture that was published in all the editions of Histoire d'une Ame, after 1906." - My Sister St. Therese
A blessed feast day to all on this joyful feast of Little Therese.


  1. Terry, this is my favorite picture of St. Therese, it looks like an "old Masters" painting--layers of paint and glazing, give the painting more depth--it's beautiful! Oh, I need to return to painting. Celine was a very talented sister. When I look at this painting, it seems to me as though I "know" her.

  2. Bonne fête de la petite Thérèse, dear Terry, and of the Holy Guardian Angels, and of Blessed Columba Marmion (the 3rd)! What a week!


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