Bishop John Keenan of the Paisley Diocese reflects on St Therese relics visit to Scotland
"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