The phrase - Thank-Your-Stars -
is found in the writings of
Saint Therese of Lisieux,
"the Little Flower of Jesus"
Saint Therese of Lisieux, who called herself the Little Flower of Jesus, wrote about the stars.
She herself is a beautiful star, in fact, a hero to millions of people, who follow her "Little Way".
Website Name - Thank Your Stars?
The name of this website, Thank-Your-Stars, sounds "New Age." Some people have told me that. And yes, I knew that when I got the domain name in November 2008.
And no, I'm not for "New Age" unless it's a good and Godly one.
Stars are Guides.
For thousands of years, the night stars have been used to point out directions and to guide travelers. When stars refer to people, it simply means those who guide and help us on our journey in life.
The following is a story of a star that has had millions of followers for more than 100 years.
A Shining Bright Star
In 1897, a young lady died in Lisieux, France. She was only 24 years old. Her name was Therese Martin. Today she is known over the entire world as Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus. Or simply, "The Little Flower."
Before she died, she wrote a short story of her own life.
Her family was somewhat well-to-do, they had a nice home, and they could afford a servant. Her father Louis was a watchmaker, her mother Zelie had a fancy lace-making business, but more importantly they gave their children wisdom and heavenly values.
Therese' mother died when she was only four. She had 4 older sisters, and they'd take turns on Sunday evening going to see their aunt and uncle. Therese used to look forward so much to her turn. When it was over, ... here, I'll let Therese tell it herself:
"Papa would come and get me around 8 o'clock. I remember how I loved looking up at the stars on the way home. I was quite fascinated by Orion's belt which hung like a cluster of golden pearls across the deep vault of the sky, for it seemed to me that they formed the letter " T ".
"Look, Papa," I used to say, "my name is written in Heaven." ... I would ask Papa to guide me. Without looking where my feet were going, I threw my head back and never tired of gazing at the stars
Saint Therese of Lisieux also wrote many letters. In one of them she thanks her lucky stars
that she was born into the family and the country and the time she lived.
And well, if that sounds a little superstitious, she also said she would attract a countless number of little souls to follow her "Little Way" of doing even the little things well, no matter what corner of the world we're hidden in.
A Star Guiding Millions
Many, many people have followed her inspiration. Over 100 years later there's many statues and pictures and books about her, because she is known almost everywhere in the world as "The Little Flower."
Therese Martin, the Little Flower, has inspired millions of people to do their duties well, even if they aren't appreciated very much on earth, because they will be super-abundantly rewarded forever in heaven.
And further, she promised that she would spend her heaven doing good on earth. She has helped many people in all kinds of difficulties -- spiritual, financial, health, and family problems.
This Star Never Forgot Gratitude.
There's a story of a man from Canada who spent years traveling to Europe and doing a lot of work to promote the message of Therese, the Little Flower from France. And then, he wasn't given the credit, someone else was.
Saint Therese of Lisieux appeared to him in 1925 and thanked him as the one who deserved it. Therese told him, "Heaven is the essence of gratitude."
When she was leaving, the man suddenly was able to ask, "Wait, wait, what do you do in heaven?" She said, "In heaven, we love, we love, we love."
Must be a nice place, if she'd leave it to visit the man and make a point of giving him proper credit and thanks!
Gratitude turns the tables.
And the lesson here, it's not so much about a follower thanking the leader, as the leader taking time to thank the follower. That's part of her "Little Way."
Don't forget to thank your stars. Do it now before it's too late. Then you won't have to make a special trip to go out of your way like Saint Therese of Lisieux -- if you're even that lucky.
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