Saturday, October 1, 2011
St. Therese in England and Wales, 2009
The Carmelites in England highlight their participation in this event on their website:
A large reliquary containing some of her bones came to England and Wales for the first time between mid-September and mid-October 2009. Among the locations visited were Carmelite communities of friars and nuns, including Aylesford Priory in Kent, where the relics were venerated by pilgrims 9th -11th October, and the Priory of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Kensington the following day (12th October). Communities of Carmelite religious and laity across England and Wales were involved in welcoming the relics of our sister in Carmel, including the visit to Birmingham Cathedral (19th-21st September) and to York Minster on her feast day, 1st October.
The website for the Bishops of England and Wales have their site for the visit archived here. This page on why the bishops of England and Wales wanted the relics to tour England is particularly good:
What is it all about?
The purpose of the visit is to deepen our relationship with God and each other. Catholics believe in something called the “Communion of Saints”, which means that holy people who have died and are now in heaven can be experienced as caring for us and helping us by their prayers. We, in our turn, show our thankfulness to God for giving them to us by honouring them and asking them to pray for us.
A new outreach
It is our experience as Catholics that when this sense of the Communion of Saints is deepened, we also find a new energy to go out and share our faith with others. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 850) says: “The ultimate purpose of mission is none other than to make people share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit of love."
St. Thérèse is a much loved saint whose example of faith and love and whose prayers can help us to do this in a very practical way.
EWTN is broadcasting a special about this visit later tonight.