Today we remember and celebrate St. Therese’s healing by Our Lady of the Smile statue. This miraculous event happened when Therese was ten. She fell into a serious illness, which was described everything from a nervous breakdown to a kidney infection. Therese blamed it on the devil.
While she was laying in her bed one day she was gazing upon the Martin family’s statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While her gaze was fixed upon Our Lady Therese offered her whole heart up in prayer. At this moment the statue appeared beautiful; Therese felt Mary’s presences and was cured.
Therese describes the miracle in Story of a Soul as:
“All of a sudden the Blessed Virgin appeared beautiful to me, so beautiful that never had I seen anything so attractive; her face was suffused with an ineffable benevolence and tenderness, but what penetrated to the very depths of my soul was the “ravishing smile of the Blessed Virgin.” At that instant, all my pain disappeared, and two large tears glistened on my eyelashes, and flowed down my cheek silently, but they were tears of unmixed joy.”
This day, in 1883, young St. Therese was healed by Our Lady of the Smile. May you smile on us and help us to smile amid the tensions, dyings and risings that are your paschal mystery happening within us. Heal the hurts of your Body, your growing vine.
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