Blessings on this feast of St. Thérèse the Little Flower--like St. Thomas Aquinas, a wise virgin and doctor of the church! I love this icon by Brother Mickey McGrath of her doing the dishes with the steam rising like incense. It honors two key elements of her spirituality as recounted in her autobiography: her felt call to priestly ministry and the call to sanctify every task, especially small ones, by doing them with great love. You can purchase the picture in a host of large and small formats--and many others as well--at Trinity Stores.
Basilica, and especially the loooong and inspiring procession singing French hymns with the Blessed Sacrament from there to the cathedral for Vespers, with a stop at the Carmel where she lived on the way.
Write 31 Days adventure with the theme, inspired by the amazing Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, of "Black Lives are Sacred." It's something I have been praying about and intending to blog about for some time but only managed to pull off a few times. It feels fitting not just for blogging but for the whole enterprise of seeking grace and transformation to become more of a recovering racist and join somehow in God's saving work and that of Her precious, crucified, courageous Black children and images against that literally mortal sin. The problem feels huge and overwhelming so one temptation is to feel like I have to hurl myself at it and try to save the world--when that job is already taken by Someone actually capable of it--which generally burns out fast and leads to pride and judgment of other "less enlightened white people" while it lasts. And the other is to not do anything at all-- rather than a slow and steady progress of small and humble steps as the Spirit leads--which generally leads to suppressing the whole issue in my conscience and consciousness for long periods of time.