Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane
Catholic Leader – 02/12/2020
Their hands pressed to the reliquary glass-casing and eyes shut in silent prayer, thousands of Brisbane Catholics took a few moments to pray with the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin as they pilgrimaged around the archdiocese last week.
It was the first time Sts Zelie’s and Louis’ relics had visited the Sunshine State and the first time in 18 years that St Therese’s had been here; the pilgrimage aligned with the recent success of Australia’s prayer campaign for rain.
The relics’ first Brisbane stop was in Coorparoo to the Mt Carmel parish in the care of the Carmelites.
Mr Clarke saw about 300 people visit the relics at Coorparoo.
“I think there were some people who absolutely loved St Therese, and really relate to the ordinariness her story exemplifies,” he said.
“I think the ability to remind ourselves it’s the ordinariness that she represents that we can all aspire to – doing the ordinary extraordinarily well.”
Mr Clarke said having her parents there too showed it was the influence of the parents in the ordinary that allowed someone like St Therese “to be the person she was”…