It is GOOD to be back! It has been too long. Really, I mean it.
Let me begin by saying that I apologize for my long absence from my blog. I will try to catch up on sending out free reports to all of you who requested them.
2014 has been an uneven and challenging year for me and Maria to say the least. Perhaps at a later date I will go into more detail, but suffice it to say that now is not the time.
I will mention one thing. Maria and I both took four graduate classes in counseling this Summer at Immaculata University so that we can obtain our counseling licenses. I will be sitting for the National Counselor Exam this Fall and will hopefully obtain my license soon after passing the exam. Of course I assume I will pass the exam! The license will open up many doors for employment.
Maria, in addition to completing her license, is also putting the finishing touches on her novel, The Summoned Guest. I read the novel and it is great! We can only hope that the general reading public likes it as much as us who have already read it. I’m sure they will.
Now that I have explained what is going on with us, I can get back to talking about the main subject of this website – St. Therese of Lisieux. Today is September 30th and St. Therese died 117 years ago today after enduring intense sufferings from tuberculosis. After her lengthy passion, which is so well-chronicled in the Last Conversations, St. Therese went to be with Him whom she had so ardently desired. We may not be called to endure such sufferings as St. Therese, but the Lord will certainly give us crosses to bear in our lives to purify us in His love. We can hope that after bearing our crosses faithfully we will obtain the same prize as St. Therese – an eternity in heaven.
Seven weeks before her death on September 30, 1897, St. Therese wrote to Sister Marie of the Trinity, “May your life be all of humility and love in order that you may come to where I am going: into the arms of Jesus!…” (Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux, Vol. II, p. 1175)
Once again, I am so happy to be back.