Thursday, October 01, 2009

October 1st: The Little Flower

In The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great, the saint learns that thanking God for the virtues with which He endowed the saints is a way of growing in those same virtues.

Maybe that's why, in 1925, Fr. Putigan, S.J., came up with the idea of saying 24 Glorias in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux -- a Glory Be for ever year of her life on earth, to thank God for the graces He bestowed on her during each of those years. A custom arose of making a novena of 24 Glorias from the 9th to the 17th of each month.

However, since this is the Feast of the Little Flower, it couldn't hurt to say the 24 Glorias today!

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