Posted by: catholicrelics | October 9, 2009

Have you ever ripped the wallpaper?

37, originally uploaded by Catholic Church (England and Wales).

Extracts from Fr Tony Parson’s homily; the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Gerrards Cross

Why did he ask the congregation this question you might ask?
Well, so many of us in our childhood days might have ripped the wallpaper and never own up to it, but not St Therese. As soon as she had done it, she ran to her mother and stood waiting for her punishment. Her mother asked her to ‘wait until her father’ came home. And when he did, the punishment never came…all had been forgotten. But St Therese went up to her beloved father to let him know what she had done; she didn’t want to hide anything from him.

This is a wonderful illustrative example of St Therese’s honesty and openness; she likes to hide nothing.

A nightmare coming my way
When I first heard that we had been graciously granted the permission to hold this special event, my heart was mixed, because although joyful, I was also panicking….I didn’t know what to expect.

Here is a nightmare coming my way. It’s my wee sister in Christ….

Therese obviously got you here for a reason – she got you all in
You can spend your special time with this special person.

Special titles
She was given all these special titles; Doctor of the Church in 1997, she was canonized a saint because she always wanted to be a saint. There’s lots of things – she is Patroness of the Missions as well – if this had been given to any other saint it would probably have created a big huge distance between us – but not with Therese because in many ways as a saint she is a person who is always looking out for us; a person who also wanted us to enjoy the fullness of God’s presence in our lives. And that is why she said consistently; that she wanted to spend her heaven doing good upon earth.

Simple, but not easy
We hear how simple she is, but that doesn’t mean her life was easy. Simplicity and easiness are two different things. In her simplicity, her prayer became stronger and stronger.

To pray for another human person is a worthy cause
Intercessory prayer is prayer from the heart. It’s a worthy cause and it’s what God wants.

As I look out here today; the whole mixture – the believer, the unbeliever, the sick, the healthy, the young and the old – everyone of us has their own personal story; we are called to be unique in our relationship with God. We are not called to be Therese, but ourselves. We break out of that through the power of intercessory prayer; it helps us to bring people to mind – the Church, the world – a life worth living.


  1. What a wonderful evening it was on the 8 October in Gerrards Cross. We were in the church from 5 – 10. Everthing was so well organised. Father Tony made a big impression on us. Thanks to all, especially to Saint Terese it was a day we shall remember always.

  2. The 8th October at Gerrards Cross was such a spiritually moving experience, we enjoyed it so much. Thanks to Fr. Tony for his touching words about St.Therese, and thanks also to the wonderful band of helpers who made the event possible. An unforgettable occasion. Thank you St.Therese for being with us.

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