"I welcome the visit of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux to Scotland this September.

It will remind us of this saint who, despite the shortness of her life and the limits of her world, led a spiritual revolution. She rediscovered the tender mercy and fatherhood of God. She passed from fear to trust in her spiritual life. She grasped that an apparently insignificant, "little" life can have a universal power through the mystical Body of Christ. She went through a "dark night" that helped her understand contempoary atheism from within and move beyond it to a new depth of faith and abandonment. She has proved herself since her death a tireless intercessor, spending her heaven doing good on earth. I am sure we will host her here in Scotland with generosity and love and be the richer for it. Her visit will also be a providential preparation for the "extraordinary missionary month" of this coming October, called for by the Holy Father."

+Hugh Gilbert OSB, Bishop of Aberdeen and President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland

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"I am delighted we are welcoming to Scotland the Relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, this September and October, which Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Missionary Month across the world.

The Pope wants the time we have the Relics to bring us four special graces: (i) to enjoy a personal encounter with Jesus, especially in the Eucharist and the Word of God; (ii) to learn about the witness of our missionary saints scattered throughout the world; (iii) to develop our formation for mission through the Scriptures, catechesis and spiritual direction; and (iv) to reawaken our sense of missionary charity. Therese, the "Little Flower", died in her early twenties after a short life as a cloistered Carmelite, who never left her convent or did anything great, but kept a little diary as the story of her soul, published after she died. Within two decades ordinary Catholics around the world had such a devotion to her that she was canonized as one of the most popular saints in the history of the Church, acclaimed by Pope Pius X as the greatest saint of modern times.

I am sure the pilgrimage around our Scottish dioceses of this ordinary little saint will bring many extraordinary graces to our Catholic population, to our parishes and dioceses, and to the whole nation of Scotland and I encourage everyone of you to make your own personal pilgrimage to the Relic, assured of many blessings."

+John Keenan - Bishop of Paisley

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"For many years I have been convinced that in Scotland we need to rediscover our sense of spirituality. I believe that many of the problems the Church and society faces is rooted in the weakening of our personal relationship with God. I certainly recognise this in myself although I genuinely desire, with God's grace, to love Him - and others - more. This is why I am excited at the prospect of St Therese's relics coming to our land. Therese's Little Way proves that closeness to God is possible for everyone! We don't need to be clever or influential for union with God - we can be small and ordinary but simply surrender in trust to God, praying and loving in the daily events of life. May St Therese guide each of us closer to God and one other."

Right Reverend Brian McGee Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

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30th August - 20th September 2019


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