Relics’ travels

16 September - 16 October

The source of the movement for the veneration of the relics of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face began in the cemetery of Lisieux shortly after her death on 30th September 1897.

The relics refer us to Saint Thérèse. Understanding Thérèse is about understanding how she lived her faith. Her life is a testimony, her message is enlightening, her attitudes liberating, her judgement full of balance.

But by venerating the relics the pilgrim is not only coming to ’remember’ but to encounter Thérèse herself. The pilgrim explains that it is about living a personal experience with her that is unique and often decisive in ones life. To a certain extent Thérèse’s past is of interest to the pilgrim only because she is there ’in the present’, in the world of today, and this presence represents what the pilgrim will be tomorrow. It is why a catechesis before, during and after the passage of the relics is necessary, because the presence of Thérèse creates a space which places us before the meaning of our own daily lives : it opens the topic of the presence of the Ressurected Christ today.

Thérèse can only be understood by attending the school of Jesus with her.

The starting point of the catechesis is questioning the « sense »of the relics.

All over the world, with different demonstrations, it is through the reliquary that Thérèse is welcomed. Thousans of kilometers are travelled. What are the crowds coming from everywhere looking for ? And there are not only catholics but also those from various Christian churches or even people of different religions (notably islamic ?). Who are they looking for ?

Calendar of the Reliquary of the Centenary

One year after the visit of St. Thérèse’s relics to Britain,pilgrims are still reflecting on the experience, as Lay Carmelite Johan Bergström-Allen reports…