St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is the most famous modern mystic of our times. This beloved Carmelite penned her autobiography, Story of A Soul, and captivated the hearts of readers for decades. St. Therese has always watched over me and I am amazed that it took me so long to recognize her presence. Now, I acknowledge her daily as my friend and spiritual guide.
I chose her for my patron saint because I knew her from her picture that hung in Lilly's home where I spent a lot of happy days as a child. It was that beautiful picture of the little nun in a black habit clutching a crucifix and roses that fascinated me. I am convinced that St. Therese chose me and that is why I knew to select her for my patron saint when I was confirmed at twelve years old. I never gave her much thought growing up, but when I found myself in my darkest hour, she came to me. And it was twenty years later before I recognized her and understood how she had always been there for me.
In my darkest hour a friend told me I had a spiritual guide and described her as a woman with dark hair. My friend was psychic and she could see this presence with me. I left and went to my office in a state of total despair and asked for help from this spiritual guide. At the time I was holding a pencil over a tablet and to my complete shock and surprise, that pencil started moving slowly over the paper.
"LOUSY WORLD BETTER LOVE NOW"
Those are the words that automatically appeared on my tablet nearly twenty years ago during the darkest period of my life.
How many times had I gotten myself into trouble with my good intentions? The worst being when I married a sociopath after reading there is no cure for them, and saying to myself, I will fix him!
Oh, boy, that was the time that I entered into my spiritual trial and long dark night. A six-year period of convulsive fear and loss of every material item I owned, including my career, home, health; and worse than all of that was suffering a separation from my beloved daughter. That was my very long dark night. It was in this darkness that I found help from my unknown spiritual guide, St. Therese. She led me through without my recognizing her and I came out of that dark place and soared to new spiritual heights. The most profound being the words I heard from God, Himself, which are inscribed in my heart:
"I am the Father who created you and the Mother who loves you"
And Herself, adding in my own mother 's voice: "Why Anne, I have always been there for you."
Ten years later I was living my Cinderella story with my new husband. It must have been another ten years after that before I found her book, A Story of a Soul. At last I recognized her! Toward the end of her book it was written that as she was dying of tuberculosis and getting weaker that she gave up her heavy pen that she was using to write her story and picked up a pencil. A pencil indeed!
Like a bolt of lightning I recognized at last the spiritual guide who had moved my pencil. And, of course, she brought me a message of love because love was Therese's vocation. She made a vow on her deathbed that she would "come down and save souls!"
To this day my lovely saint continues to push my pencil as I write stories about the journey of a soul. The latest is a mystical achievement as St. Therese brings her continuing story of a soul's journey to the pages of my book in an extraordinary adventure. Anne Urne travels the world with her cousin and describes the wondrous presence and help of the saints who come to her aid. You will marvel at the spiritual messages conveyed to her as she communes with the saints and learns that just as St. Therese always believed, heaven can be found on earth and there can be communion with the saints. A truly inspiring message that only the saints could bring and a tribute to the devotion and hard work of dedicated nuns who are responsible for bringing us the greatest spiritual classics.
Miracles are recorded and saints convey their spiritual messages in this book inspired by the most famous mystical saint of all times. Saints are present and watching over us and eager to help if we just seek them out asking for help and advice. Learn to be aware of their presence and accept their help.
The best surprise of all with this book was the recognition of Mother Agnes, the sister of St. Therese and publisher of her autobiography, Story of a Soul. Sister Agnes was probably the most single-handedly successful editor, publisher, publicist and marketing guru to ever sell so many millions of her book about Therese; a book that today has been revised to the true version, but continues to be read by millions of spiritual seekers, over 100 years since Therese's death on September 30, 1897.
With humility and honor I welcome the addition of this most honorable sister and publisher and expect great things for the books inspired by St. Therese.