20th Day of Lent - Saint Therese of Lisieux 💐 Patroness of Tranquility - Flowers & Florists
Writing these “Lenten Newsletters'' has been such a rewarding and challenging exercise. So many have messaged (thanks Archangel Gabriel, patron of messaging, especially “happy” messaging) about loving these little notes! Thank you for letting us know you’re actually reading these things and all the way to “the bottom line!”
It’s easy to doubt. No one would ever describe us as “overconfident.” and following the Lenten Calendar in this unusual way has been healthy for mind, body, and spirit. We’re halfway to the celebration of Easter Sunday. And we have some very exciting news to share later in this 40 Day Calendar so don’t stop reading!
Today, we celebrate Saint Therese of Lisieux, the “The Little Flower.” She’s our patron of tranquility. Our friend, Terry Jones, at CatholicSaints.Info describes her in great, vivid detail on his beautifully comprehensive website. He has So. Much. Information. Terry will be canonized as a Saint one day. Hopefully not anytime soon though, because he will need to be dead, and then there’s usually a “five year waiting period” afterward.
Terry does not describe Saint Therese as the patroness of Tranquility since tranquility is not a patronage the church suggests. They should, but they don’t, though certainly they allude to tranquility constantly.
A while back we somehow wound-up writing about tranquility, joy and simplicity, and it was Saint Jude who got us there. That sure does seem impossible but that is honestly what happened. Here is what we wrote, months ago:
Following the thoughts of saint Jude, I’ll offer that “Don’t Look Up,” the current movie, starring Timothee Chalamet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and a bunch of other brilliant actors, arguably draws from Saint Jude’s gentle notion of being zealous for the greater gifts.
Lots of people are saying this Don’t Look Up movie is a Parable of the Plights of Today. As with all stories, it is, first and foremost, a story. Take from it what you choose and discard the rest. Maybe it is the parable as described by others. “Idk”
I see that the movie offers the message, “Don’t Look Up!” That’s the “deep” parable I see. Look all around. Be zealous for the greater gifts. The “Garbage Man” who tries and visits faithfully, week after week, or the elderly lady who waves to you from her window while you are out walking your dog.