Our Lenten Offerings
A Little Lenten Way: A Lenten Journey with St. Therese of Lisieux
This five-week Lenten series will be held on Tuesday evenings from March 7 – April 4 at 7:30 PM ET. This course looks behind the gossamer veils that too often hide the truth about the Little Flower of Lisieux and reveal fascinating details about her life, her loves, and the weaknesses that spawned her Little Way of Spiritual Childhood. Much of the information contained in these conferences comes from eyewitness testimony given during the beatification and canonization processes by people who knew Therese personally. Only by discovering her “hidden face” can devotees fully appreciate the teachings of her Little Way and learn how to turn their own weaknesses into strengths.
Led by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, the course will consist of five conferences and include weekly reflections emailed to participants after each conference:
Marie-Francois Therese Martin: A Study in Weakness. This lecture will center upon little-known facts about the life of Therese and how her unusual upbringing shaped her view of the world and the faith.
Theresian Mortification: Suffering for Love. This conference looks at how Therese’s endearing habit of “scattering flowers” of little mortifications performed with great love can help us to turn our everyday suffering into a powerful force for spiritual growth.
Theresian Humility: Finding Strength in Weakness. This conference explores how Therese’s weaknesses inspired the formation of the Little Way. Through her acquisition of true humility and growth in poverty of spirit, Therese teaches us how to confront, accept, and even love our weaknesses, so that we can allow the grace of God to transform them into strengths.
Theresian Confidence: Taking Jesus by His Heart. This conference celebrates the most cherished hallmark of the Little Flower of Lisieux – her indomitable confidence in God – all of which sprang from her reliance on the virtue of hope.
Theresian Surrender: Abandonment to God. In this conference we study Therese’s love for the present moment where she lived in the constant company of God and found all of the grace she needed to confront the challenges of the day. Retreatants will learn to do the same and discover a thoroughly Catholic form of “mindfulness” that will lead them closer to God.
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