|Another photo of St. Therese Couderc.|
One of the most profound experiences Mo. Therese had occurred sometime in 1866 and it left an indelible mark on her. She had a life-changing vision in which she saw everything that God ever created - living and inanimate, rational or not - "stamped" with the word GOODNESS emblazoned in letters of gold. Through this vision, the Saint saw and recognized, in a mysterious way, the innate goodness present in all creation and how everything the Lord makes is a source of tremendous blessing. She was filled with immense awe and gratitude.
Other extraordinary experiences recorded of this Saint included her mystical participation in the Lord's agony in the garden of Gethsemane on Thursday evenings. It was apparent at this point that she was called to be a victim-soul, who suffered in union with Jesus. At the time Mo. Therese began to undergo this grace, she had already gone deaf... so when the tremendous moral desolation that Christ endured came upon her in the chapel, her pitiable lamentations were witnessed by all in the house without her realizing it.
In early 1885, while based in the Cenacle of Lyon, the Saint was incapacitated by a mysterious illness and could no longer leave her bed. She reported visits from the Poor Souls who surrounded her bed in large crowds, begging for her prayers on their behalf. She was generous in offering her suffering for them.
Mo. Therese died on September 26th, 1885, at the ripe ol' age of 80. As the superiors who were hostile to her died, Therese's reputation in the congregation was slowly rehabilitated as her spiritual writings came to light and the truth about her role as the congregation's founder surfaced; the nuns came to realize that she had been a Saint among them all along. In addition, cures were reported at her tomb, which resulted in the opening of her Cause for Canonization in 1927.
Mo. Therese Couderc was Beatified in 1951 and declared a Saint on May 10, 1970. May she pray for our personal needs and the needs of the Universal Church - St. Therese, pray for us!
A Short Prayer:
O Lord, open our eyes to your goodness present in all people; in all creatures; in all things... and help us to always be grateful. Amen.