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St. Therese of Lisieux

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I believe it is fitting on this Feast Day of St. Therese not to over think what Jesus expects of us, how we are to act and to react, what we are to do and how we are to live. "To live out of love means to banish all fear, every memory of past faults. I see no mark of my sins, in a moment love burnt everything." St. Therese makes us think about simple acts of love. She makes us contemplate true acts of Mercy. She lived love.

In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us to go out, "Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way." I have to think that He is speaking directly to us on the heels of the messages of Pope Francis, at the nearing of the Year of Mercy, on the Feast Day of St. Therese, reminding us all to simply love one another. Each day, we are asked to go out. Each day we are asked to carry nothing from the day before, to start fresh and new, to hold no grudges, to be reminded of no bitterness, no anger. Each day we are asked not simply to greet people, not simply to keep passing them by with hardly an acknowledgement. Each day we are to have an encounter. We are to look into the eyes of those we have worked with for years and see them. We are to be open to a conversation. We are to see inside the panhandler, the cranky secretary, the obnoxious partner, the overbearing spouse, the annoying sibling. Every day, just as St. Therese in her own community, we are to be love to those in our family and in our community and in our workplace. Some will accept love and some will not. Some days we may feel like we could get eaten alive by the harshness of this world. Jesus tells us to shake it off and keep moving. He tells us not to bounce around from one to another but to stay focused. Love. Each day. Banish fear. Erase the past. Be Merciful. May we all strive to be the Body of Christ, the work of His hands and the love of Heart.

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