We are still in the Novena to sweet little St. Therese who is ever so real and so willing to help us with her prayers. All the saints in Heaven are looking down on this pitiful world just waiting for our prayers so that they can intercede for us. Those are the conditions. We have all the help we need at our side - throughout our life and to its final end! God is so good. We must not get discouraged with Satan's minions. We have the saints to cry out for us and we have Our dear Blessed Mother to watch over us and guide us as She has done throughout the centuries and at times with great miraculous intervention. We must not give up hope. God is God!
Two great saints that knew of this love and Heavenly help were St. Joan of Arc and St. Therese. St. Therese loved St. Joan of Arc and for good reason. Not because both were from France; but because St. Therese saw the heroism of this little 14 year old Joan. Of all the people in France, including generals, soldiers, men and women, God chose little 14 year old Joan to lead the army of France to victory from the English. WHY? It seems a huge mystery but for true contemplatives - it is not. In all of France, God had to stoop down to a 14 year old girl because she PRAYED! Yes, she already had a divine union with her God and had already experienced mystical gifts which only come from advanced prayer. He could trust her to listen and to give ALL TO GOD! Wow - that seems easy enough - not really!! Do we listen? Do we take heed ? Have we obeyed Our Blessed Mother's commands for this century? Do we give God all glory --- or do we pat ourselves on the back or worse - pat someone else's back. No - ALL BELONGS TO GOD because ALL COMES FROM GOD. Saint Joan of Arc rallied the soldiers with these words, "Men will fight and God will give the victory!" Can we use these words again? WE BETTER!!
St. Therese was enamored by St. Joan's love, obedience, trust and courage and prayed that she too could have these virtues! All of these can apply today in our spiritual battles we live in and encounter each day. St. Therese looked up to St. Joan and actually prayed for and received also these same virtues from God to acquire the same goal ---- The glorification of God by accomplishing His will! I feel in my heart that St. Therese accomplished more than St. Joan. She won for Jesus not a mortal crown such as King Charles received in France through St. Joan but St. Therese crowned our Lord and Savior with many souls for His Kingdom! He will pull back the veil of time at the Final Judgement and show Little St. Therese all the souls she has helped with her prayers and intercession and her example. Will we have souls to present to Jesus at the final Judgement?
Let us imitate these two great saints and have tremendous courage, trust and love in the face of these difficult times we now face. God is God - He already won the victory which is why St. Joan went on the battlefield with such confidence! We must be like these two humble saints and not count on ourselves but trust solely in God! St. Teresa of Avila describes humility as truth - truth that we are the creatures and God is the creator. We must live each breath knowing that these little breaths are gifts from God. Everything around us is from God and belongs to God. Having this knowledge and entering into our daily battlefield will help us to offer ALL to God. And as we get wounded in this spiritual battle between Good and Evil, let us not lie on the ground wounded and motionless; but let us be like St. Joan and demand to take up our banner with the names of Jesus and Mary and get back on our horse and march right back into battle and fight until our final breath is taken from us!
I will end with the great piece of wisdom that God's ways are not our ways. The example of these two young women as examples of great courage and strength go against worldly ways. In the face of the problems we see in the Church - we need today more heroic souls. Let us pray that God will let rise the most incredible saints that the Church has ever seen. Let us pray for our Pope and all the men in our Church, for President Trump and this country, for Judge Kavanaugh and our Supreme Court, for our families and friends. May we all stand before God someday knowing we were always soldiers on God's side. Let us fight for souls for His Kingdom! If it takes crucifixion or a burning at the stake - let us know who went before us and where we are going! God bless!!
Our Lady of the Rosary pray for us.
Good St. Therese pray for us!
Heroic St. Joan pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!