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JDOK Sunday — Recognizing Trinity’s Little Flower Chapter, by Judy Isphording

Sunday, September 25 will be Junior Daughters of the King Sunday at Trinity. Trinity’s Little Flower Chapter was named after Saint Therese of Lisieux.  Therese became a saint because of the way she responded wholeheartedly to God’s love and the grace of the Holy Spirit within her. Her feast day is October 1. This date was chosen because Therese died on September 30th. Following the ancient custom of celebrating their entrance into heaven the next day, Trinity will be following the lead of Saint Therese’s parish church in Lisieux, France where they honor her on the last Sunday in September. She entered the Carmelite order at the young age of fifteen.

As a religious sister, she upheld the virtue of being innocent and child-like, just as God says of those who enter His Kingdom. Saint Therese had a way performing little acts of kindness with great
love for God. Her “little way” teaches us to do the ordinary things of life with extraordinary love. A smile, a note of encouragement, a phone call, suffering in silence, always having a positive word, a simple unnoticed task to brighten the life of another, and so many other simple deeds, done with love – these are the examples of her spirituality. The smallest action, done with love, is more important than great deeds done for personal glory, gratification or simply out of obedience.

Even in prayer, Therese teaches simplicity – talking to God and Jesus in direct, personal, and heartfelt ways. She did not like long prayers. She prayed from her heart as a child speaks honestly and trustingly to a parent they love.

The most loved and repeated novena to St. Therese is the “Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese” found on the St. Therese prayer card. It is as follows: O Glorious St. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you ‘Prodigy of Miracles… the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.’ Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth…of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Therese, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea ‘to be made known everywhere’ and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.

If you are in Paris, get to Lisieux. Lisieux is a small town in Normandy, about 80 miles outside Paris. It is becoming one of the premier pilgrimage places in the world, currently receiving more than two million pilgrims a year, and the number continues to grow. It is a quick hour and a half train ride from Paris. The city is well established for receiving pilgrims, with a number of places related to the life of St.Therese. There you can visit her house “Les Buissonnets,” the magnificent Basilica in her honor, her parish Church, and the Carmelite Convent. There is a small, wonderful museum of her memorabilia. It is easy to get around and see everything in one day. Just walking around the town makes her come more alive. The Carmelite Nuns of Lisieux must protect the privacy of their life, so one cannot get into the Carmel cloister, but the Church is there and you can see the chapel where Therese prayed, her seat marked with a cross.

On JDOK Sunday, the girls will honor Saint Therese by acting as usher/greeters,carrying the elements, and being the readers during the 9 am service. Also at that service, girls who are candidates for JDOK membership will start their three month preparation period with the Candlelight Service.