Day of the #LittleWay - Celebrate and Win!

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Here at CatholicMom.com, we love using social media to share the Good News of the Gospel. So when we learned about today’s “Day of the #LittleWay” celebration being held in honor of the launch of the late Bishop Patrick Ahern’s forthcoming and, final book, Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux, I knew that we’d be “all in”!

Here’s a small video I made to share about what the amazing Doctor of the Church, St. Therese of Lisiuex which explains a bit about what the Little Flower means to me:

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Along with making this video, we’re using social media today to spread the joy. You’re invited to be a part of this and to use the hashtag #LittleWay all day long on Twitter and Vine as a way to share your small stories of faith, prayers, quotes, inspiration and encouragement online.

LittleWay-Tweet-Pin-1-300x300By uniting under one hashtag, we Catholics not only demonstrate solidarity in our faith, but we also open the door for dialog with people online in a new way.

To continue the party, we will be giving away four copies of Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux to our readers. Here’s a brief overview of this amazing book:

Transformation in our lives happens when we live with the confidence that “God is nothing but mercy and love.” In this inspiring book, beloved author Patrick Ahern looks at the teachings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, through the lens of his own personal experiences in which this  “saint for our times” played such an important role for more than seventy years.  With honesty and humility, he delves into the transformational love that infused her faith, led her to be named one of only four female Doctors of the Catholic Church, and gave Ahern’s own journey direction and meaning.

Three-Gifts-of-Therese-of-Lisieux-682x1024Ahern focuses on what he calls the three gifts of Thérèse:  her universal appeal, her conviction, and her little way. Echoing Therese’s recognition that bureaucracy, penances, rules and commandments miss the message of love that she knew to be true, he says, “She convinced me that someone as ordinary as I could aspire to the love of God, which filled her heart to overflowing.” He hopes the same for his readers.

Most of the Catholic moms I’ve met feel a true affinity for St. Therese. Much of the work we do remains behind the scenes, hidden to much of the outside world. And yet, the small acts of love and service we offer to our families are truly our pathway to heaven. In those moments when I feel that my life is less meaningful than someone else, I simply need to remember the life of a cloistered Sister who paved her path to heaven with small deeds, lovingly performed.

Be sure to enter here to win Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux and definitely jump onto the bandwagon with a super #LittleWay tweet, vine or post today. Today is your chance not only to win a special book by a beloved saint, but also to bring your friends and loved ones closer to Jesus Christ and his Church through the power of social media.

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Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

24 Comments

  1. St Therese is an inspiring example of the countless ways raft we can give back to The Lord each and every day. She is such a source of strength for me as I begin my journey as a Carmelite secular.

  2. I am very excited to read this book. i have always had a great love for St. Therese since I was a small girl and I love her “little ways”.

  3. St. Therese is my confirmation saint. She is and has been such a help to me in my marriage. The #littleway is how I try to bring my husband to God every day.

    I would love this book!

  4. Would love to win this book. As doing each small thing with great love is the little way.
    Being simple and small and childlike is such a doable path to holiness. She is a great example if humility.

  5. The Little Flower/mention of St. Therese has crossed more than three times in the past week. I think she wants me to pay attention. I have always loved how she encourages us all to do small things with great love.

  6. Knowing St. Therese by reading “The Story of a soul”, has transformed me. She made me change the way I relate with everyone in my family and anywhere, through the eyes of a little child who knows that she is loved… but loved in the most perfect way. I learned how to find an opportunity in the daily little things, where I can see a challenge and offer it to Our Lord. She has been a great teacher for me, though she was a Carmelite, and I am married, I can relate to her experiences; she taught me to only think about how much love I have to give, knowing the immensity of God’s love for me.

  7. You know, this is perfect timing. I’m working my way through the book Catholic Saints for Moms, a saint a week, as part of my holy hour. This week was Saint Terese and I found myself really meditating on ways that I could love God in the way that she did/does. She has inspired me to think about cutting each day, each activity, each moment in to discrete opportunities to love. She also inspires me to think about my humanity in a transcendent way– we live our call on earth and in heaven– ideally in one smooth transition. Awesome inspiration! I’d love to win.

  8. When reading Story of a Soul, I was struck by her intense devotion at such a young age and her straightforward “simple” faith. It was no wonder why so many have fallen in love with The Little Flower.

  9. The Little Flower has been a special saint in my mom’s family for generations; we live in a small town called “New Paris,” and so my mother bought us a lovely statue of St. Therese for a housewarming gift, which is displayed outside our front door. Even our 3-year-old daughter knows who the Little Flower is, and I’ve never overtly told her about St. Therese yet. But Felicity will point her out so easily in pictures or on holy cards.

  10. When I was first introduced to Therese, I honestly could not relate to her. The idea if being small and humble and simple was foreign to my proud self! Over the years, we’ve spent much time learning more about her and her Little Way. My first daughter is named after her. D’Elbee’s book I Believe in Love was particularly inspiring . I have a long way to go still. I look forward to reading this book.

  11. Christine Hebert on

    St. Therese is one of my favorite saints (right after St. Monica). I took her name for my confirmation name way back before I really knew much about her. I try to recall her loving, selfless ways in living my life.

  12. I love St Teresa, when we were young we read a series in school based on her life (one of my favorite part of the school days!). Such an inspiration on how to live!

  13. The little way to me is doing what I can for the people around me. Being a SAHM it’s hard to feel like I’m changing the world, so Therese is a reminder that the small things DO matter

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