Comments on the article about Therese in Crusade magazine

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A few quotes from the wonderful article on Therese in the newest Crusade magazine:

“Jesus, Jesus,” she would say, “If I were to write all my desires, I would have to borrow the book of life; I wanted to have achieved all these deeds for Thee…”

Her soul had infinite aspirations, she wanted to be a warrior, priest, apostle, doctor of the Church, and martyr; she felt the courage of a crusader…she wanted to die in the battlefield defending the Church, she wanted to preach the Gospel to all the continents and to the remotest islands.

This warrior aspect of Saint Therese’s soul is dominant in her moral profile. Yet even those who love her most tend to forget this trait.

“In my childhood, I dreamed of combating in the battlefield. When I began to learn the history of France, I was enchanted with the deeds of Joan of Arc; I felt in my heart a desire to imitate them.”

Saint Therese gradually became increasingly aware of the profound similarities between her life and that of the Virgin of Domremy.

Saint Therese signed her Canticle to obtain canonization of Saint Joan of Arc as “A French soldier, defender of the Church and admirer of Joan of Arc.”

Saint Joan, the Virgin of Orleans, and Saint Therese, the Virgin of Lisieux, are two models of militant Catholic combatants against the enemies of the Church and of Christian Civilization. Two great saints, though leading such different lives – one a strictly military life and the other a contemplative one – nonetheless have profound affinities with one another.

Saint Therese did not live to see Joan’s canonization, and she was far from imagining that on May 18, 1925, Pope Pius XI would present her, Saint Therese, to the Catholic world as “a new Joan of Arc”; and during the second world war, Pope Pius XII would declare her, like the Virgin of Orleans, “secondary patron of all France!”

Therese’s virtue imposes itself with incredible majesty; the child becomes a hero; a virgin with her hands full of flowers causes astonishment with her manly courage.

Author: Walter Adams

I am a missionary for a Kingdom many thought to be lost, commissioned by a Queen many never knew existed. My commission is to seek the spiritual diaspora of Catholic and Royal France. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. I am married and the father of one child. Though raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985. Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to "seek first" Christ's Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide. Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary's maternal guidance and Thérèse's sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc. ~ Walter Adams

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