I started listening to the podcast called “RomeCast 11” after the priest/speaker, Fr. Peregrino of that podcast was interviewed by Taylor Marsall. Check both of them out! They’re both great. Both are Traditional Latin Mass peeps too.Anyways, Fr. Peregrino’s podcast just came out with a talk on St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower). It was pretty mind blowing. He said that many popes before Vatican II have said St. Therese is the greatest saint of modern times that we need.
Boom. My antenna went way up after hearing that.
He gave an interesting take for us to consider. He said that all these demons are getting released more and more with all the abortion clinics that have opened up over the decades as one example. From there, Fr. Peregrino argued it’s harder for us to fight like saints of old did (“by their bootstraps more than by God’s grace”) due to the spiritual attacks we’re getting.
This does indeed make sense because I haven’t seen any traditional Catholics (I could be wrong, but this is from my own limited experience with Traditional Catholics) do the hard core acts of asceticism and acts of penance that most of the old school saints did, like many consecutive days of fasting for St. Catherine of Siena, whipping ourselves, or sleeping on the floor. Ok, that last one isn’t too hard #actuallyGoodForYourBack
Fr. Peregrino said we need St. Therese of Lisieux and her way because of the current climate (demons) and our weak selves not being able to live like the old school saints. Her way being:
“Jesus does not ask for glorious deeds. He asks only for self-surrender and gratitude.” -St. Therese of Lisieux in her autobiography
This trust in God also matches up with the messages from Marian apparitions. Fr. Peregrino argues this is our best chance at salvation (to trust in Jesus in the midst of all the spiritual attacks from demons).
Fr. Peregrino continues that this trust in God is the balance in between the extremes of Pelagianism (heresy that we can save ourselves through our will and strength alone) and Quietism (heresy that we don’t have to do anything at all). We don’t have to save the world, but we just have to be faithful and obedient to what God wants us to do today.
Lastly, Fr. Peregrino says that St. Therese of Lisieux is commonly seen as “nice” or “cute” which he argues is not true at all. Or that only St. Padre Pio was the tough saint. Fr. Peregrino says that St. Therese of Lisieux had “tremendous spiritual fortitude.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
Perhaps no longer aiming to be like old school saints but maybe to be like St. Therese of Lisieux,