Bishop: St. Therese exemplifies ‘life of healing, preaching, praying’
Bishop Jose Oliveros venerates the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux during its visit to the Cathedral and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos City. RAINIER POLICARPIO
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – A prelate took the opportunity to extoll the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as her pilgrim relics arrived at the Cathedral and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in this city Saturday, February 3, saying she healed many, spread the Good News, and lived a life of deep prayer.
“St. Thérèse granted healing to those who asked for her intercession, she proclaimed the Gospel of the Lord while she was still living on earth and she spent a life of prayer in a Carmelite monastery at Lisieux,” said Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros in a Mass concelebrated with Msgr. Bartolome Santos and other members of the Malolos clergy.
He explained some traits of the young saint that the faithful should admire and follow.
“St. Thérèse fulfilled and followed what the Lord has spoken: ‘Unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God,’” added Oliveros. “She personified a life of a child who is fully dependent to God’s will.”
Likewise, Oliveros asked the faithful to seek the intercession of the “Little Flower” in praying for our priests and consecrated persons that they may become instruments of God in bestowing spiritual healing by proclaiming and living the Gospel and maintaining a deep prayer life.
Meanwhile, Br. Froilan Torres OCDS, a member of Relics 4th Philippine Visit Organizing Committee, said in an interview with CBCPNews, said the reliquary carrying the bones from St. Thérèse’s right leg is travelling around the world. This is to satisfy the saint’s promise to become a missionary until the end of time – bringing the Gospel even to the remotest islands.
The relics will stay in the Docese of Malolos to visit various parishes and other institutions before its transfer to the Diocese of Kalookan, Thursday, Feb. 8 and will continue its journey across the country.
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