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Message from Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB of the Diocese of Aberdeen on the relics visit.


"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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30th August - 20th September 2019

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