Ta Face est ma seule patrie

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If you haven't read Donald Jacob Uitvlugt's article, The Holy Face in the Spirituality of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, today is the perfect day to do so. On August 6, 1896, Saint Thérèse consecrated herself, and the novices under her care, to the Face of Christ.

In her testimony for the cause of beatification, the older sister of Thérèse, Pauline (in Carmel, Mother Agnes), said:

Devotion to the Holy Face was the special attraction of the Servant of God. However tender was her devotion to the Infant Jesus, it could not be compared to the devotion she had for the Holy Face. It was in the Carmel, at the hour of our great ordeal regarding the mental illness of our father, that she attached herself further to the mystery of the Passion, and it was then that she obtained permission to add “of the Holy Face” to her name.

She herself speaks of where she derived the idea of this devotion. She writes, “In these words of Isaiah — "He was without splendor, without beauty, his face was hidden, as it were, and his person was not acknowledged (cf. Is 53, 2-3) — one finds the whole foundation of my devotion to the Holy Face, or to say it better, the foundation of all my piety. I also desire myself to be without splendor, without beauty, to tread alone the wine in the press, unknown by every creature."

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I also think this is a major feast day for the Confraternity of the Holy Face.

Thank you for commenting, Terry. You, by the way, will love that article.

I have only just discovered your awesome Blog, I have learnt so much from it and it has enhanced my spiritual life immensely. Keep up the good work. I am going to say the prayer of Forgiveness and Reparation each day. I am certain that someone has been saying this with me in mind and I shall in turn say it for others. I can't thank you enough for this Blessed treasure and also your Blog which I shall visit with great enthusiasm each day. THank you for your Generosity and Traditional devotion to Our Blessed Lady and her Saints.

Dear Father,

What a lovely surprise to see this post today. I came looking for something else you had posted previously, and was delighted to see the great little doctor, my heavenly friend. It is a sign of a special favor and grace, as I am intensely praying for enlightenment on an important matter. Oremus.

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