October 1

Saint of the day:
Saint Therese of Lisieux

Patron Saint of Florists, Missionaries, Pilots, Priests

In her quest for sanctity, she believed that it was not necessary to accomplish heroic acts,

or great deeds, in order to attain holiness and to express her love of God. 

She wrote, Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.

"the little way"  (Spiritual Childhood)

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​Saint Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story

“I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”

These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.

Life in a Carmelite convent is indeed uneventful and consists mainly of prayer and hard domestic work. But Thérèse possessed that holy insight that redeems the time, however dull that time may be. She saw in quiet suffering a redemptive suffering, suffering that was indeed her apostolate. Thérèse said she came to the Carmel convent “to save souls and pray for priests.” And shortly before she died, she wrote: “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”

Thérèse was canonized in 1925. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church, the third woman to be so recognized in light of her holiness and the influence of her teaching on spirituality in the Church.

Her parents, Louis and Zélie, were beatified in 2008, and canonized in 2015.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_of_Lisieux

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-theresa-of-the-child-jesus/

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=105

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Prayer:

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Visit:

Basilique Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, Calvados, Normandie, France.

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Saint Therese of Lisieux Quotes:

 

Read some of her books

 

 

  1. "The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity."

  2. "Love can supply for length of years. Jesus, because He is Eternal, regards not the time but only the love."

  3. "When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift."

  4. "On the day of my conversion Charity entered into my heart and with it a yearning to forget self always; thenceforward I was happy."

  5. "I have not the courage to force myself to seek beautiful prayers in books; not knowing which to choose I act as children do who cannot read; I say quite simply to the good God what I want to tell Him, and He always understands me."

  6. "I do not well see what more I shall have in Heaven than now. I shall see the good God, it is true; but as to being with Him, I am wholly with Him already upon earth."

  7. "On each fresh occasion of combat, when the enemy desires to challenge me, I conduct myself valiantly: knowing that to fight a duel is an unworthy act, I turn my back upon the adversary without ever looking him in the face; then I run to my Jesus and tell Him I am ready to shed every drop of blood in testimony of my belief that there is a Heaven, I tell Him I am glad to be unable to contemplate, while on earth, with the eyes of the soul, the beautiful Heaven that awaits me so He will deign to open it for eternity to poor unbelievers."

  8. "He whose Heart ever watcheth, taught me, that while for a soul whose faith equals but a tiny grain of mustard seed, He works miracles, in order that this faith which is so weak may be fortified; yet for His intimate friends, for His Mother, He did not work miracles until He had put their faith to test."

  9. "How I thirst for Heaven—that blessed habitation where our love for Jesus will have no limit! But to get there we must suffer... we must weep... Well, I wish to suffer all that shall please my Beloved."

  10. "Even now I know it: yes, all my hopes will be fulfilled... yes... the Lord will work wonders for me which will surpass infinitely my immeasurable desires."

  11. "Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love."

  12. "Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them."

  13. "I understood that love comprises all vocations – that love is everything, and because it is eternal, embraces all times and places."

  14. "To live in love is to sail forever, spreading seeds of joy and peace in hearts."

  15. "Kindness is my only guiding star.  In its light, I sail a straight route, I have my motto written on my sail: 'To live in love.'"

  16. "Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for."

  17. "Love can accomplish all things.  Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work."

  18.  "Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."

  19. "I am the smallest of creatures and I recognize my worthlessness, but I also know how hearts that are generous and noble love to do good."

  20. "When one loves, one does not calculate."

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Recipes:

 

 

Wild Flower Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

·        1 cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter, softened

·        1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

·        1 egg

·        2-3 teaspoon flavoring (pick what you like, almond, vanilla, or lemon…)

·       2 1/2-2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

·       1 teaspoon salt

·       1 tablespoon dried egg whites

·       2 tablespoons water

·       Pesticide free Pansies, violas, any edible wild flower

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Directions

1.    Cream together softened butter and confectioner’s sugar.

2.    Crack the egg into a separate bowl, and add the flavoring.
Add that to the butter sugar mixture and mix until the egg
is thoroughly incorporated.

3.    In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, and salt,
then add little by little to the mixture. I can tell the dough is ready
when most of it sticks to the paddle. When I touch it, it has a
little give, but does not stick to my fingers.

4.    Roll out on parchment to about 1/4 an inch thick, use flour for
dusting as necessary.

5.    Put cookies 2″ apart on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until the bottom and sides are just starting to slightly brown and center of top is firm.

6.    Take out of oven and cool on baking sheet. 

7.    Combine dried egg whites and water in small bowl. When cookies are cooled brush egg white mixture on one cookie at a time and top with pansy. Use your fingers to press the pansy down in the middle and smooth out all petals so they are firmly stuck to the cookie. Put a thin layer of egg white mixture on top of the pansy and smooth. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Return to parchment lined baking sheet.

8.    Bake at 325 ºF for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. With your finger smooth out any petals that have shriveled up. Set out on a cooling rack until the top of the cookie is completely dry.
*Note: Press the flowers for a few hours between parchment paper if needed so that the flowers may lay flat.
**If pressing the flowers is too much work, then bake the cookies, cool them, ice the cookies with a thin icing of powder sugar and water mixture, place the flower on top of the icing and let the icing dry. Also, there is no shame in store bough cookie dough, this a family fun project, so don’t stress out, have fun and enjoy!
***If you don’t want to eat fresh flowers, pipe flowers on with some icing.

 

 

 

Rose Cake for Saint Therese of Lisieux

Saint Therese might have been known as "little flower,"

but she was an amazing example for us to follow.
Today we will honor her with a big flower.

 

You will need:

2 round 6-inch cakes

For each cake:

  • 13 ounces butter, softened

  • 2½ cups sugar

  • 5 large eggs, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup low-fat milk

  • ½ cup light sour cream


Sweet buttercream:

  • 8.8 ounces unsalted butter

  • 1 pound, 1.6 ounces icing sugar


Modelling chocolate:

  • 2 pounds, 10 ounces white chocolate

  • 1 cup light corn syrup

 

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Easy Apple Roses

Ingredients

  • 1/2 package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

  • 2 red apple (I used Red Delicious- Manuela)

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, to sprinkle the counter

  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves or ground cinnamon

  • 6 tablespoons apricot preserve

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 4 tablespoons water
     

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F

  2. Slice the apples into very thin slices

  3. Fill a medium microwave safe bowl half way with water and pour in the lemon juice

  4. Place the apple slices in the bowl of lemon water and microwave for 5 minutes until tender

  5. In a small bowl mix the apricot preserves and water together until completed blended

  6. In another small bowl mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together

  7. When puff pastry is all thawed place them on a at oured surface

  8. With a rolling pin roll out the pastry dough to atten it out just a bit

  9. Cut the sheet into 6 equal slices

  10. One at a time, spoon apricot preserve mixture onto each slice of puff pastry

  11. Place 7-9 apple slices along one half of the pastry slice with the peel side facing out

  12. Sprinkle the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the apple slices

  13. Fold the pastry in half to cover the apple
     

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Savory Rose

Zucchini with herb goat cheese

 

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Rose Food!

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Prosecco and Rose Petal Ice Pops

 

Strawberry Rose Tarts

Mini strawberry rose tart with cream cheese filling 

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