I keep up occasional correspondence with the prioress of a cloistered Carmelite monastery, and she pointed out to me that our daughter’s baptism (Jan. 2nd) coincided with the birthday of St. Therese of Lisieux.

I didn’t know this.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin; 2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, O.C.D., was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun widely venerated in modern times.

Teresa De Lisieux

She is popularly known as “The Little Flower of Jesus” or simply “The Little Flower”.

Now this is exceedingly cool because I have a devotion to St. Therese, and last year I received as a gift an icon of her from the convent at Lisieux itself, blessed by a priest, and it is this very icon that hangs over Marie’s bassinet. More proof that Someone is watching out for us in ways strange and mysterious…

Little note: I know many people pronounce Lisieux as “Li-soo” because it’s easier that way, but in actual fact it is pronounced “Liz-ee-uh.”