Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Luke (10: 17-24) in which Jesus says, ‘Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father’. After reading the Gospel, Fr Paul shares a little about the life of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, whose memorial we celebrate today.Fr Paul says, Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin was born in Alençon, in France, on 2 January 1873. Her mother, who already had breast cancer, died when Thérèse was four, and the family moved to Lisieux. Thérèse became a nun at the Carmelite convent there at the age of 15, after a long battle against the Superior of the time, who insisted that 16, or even 21, would be a more sensible age to become a nun. Therese died of tuberculosis at the age of just 24.  Fr Paul says one might think it a short story and not much to tell, but in 1895 Mother Agnès of Jesus, who was the prioress at the time, had commanded Thérèse, who was 22 years old, to write her memoirs. Thérèse took a year to fill six exercise books. She presented them to the prioress, who put them in a drawer unread. A year after Thérèse’s death, the memoirs were published in a small edition of 2,000. This was the first spark that ignited a “storm of glory” that swept the world. Miracles started to happen – conversions, cures, even apparitions. The beatification process opened thirteen years after Thérèse’s death. She was canonized in 1925, the Pope having suspended the rule that forbids canonization less than 50 years after someone’s death. Her parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, were canonized by Pope Francis on 18 October 2015. Their feast day is 12 July.A hundred years after Thérèse’s death, Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church, joining St Catherine of Siena and St Teresa of Ávila.  As we reflect on the question, ‘What makes St Thérèse so special?’, Fr Paul notes that she was physically weak and psychologically vulnerable. For her, the great saints were giants; they were inaccessible mountains, and she was only an ‘obscure grain of sand’; but she was not discouraged. We can’t all hug lepers or go off and become missionaries and martyrs. But Therese gives us the example that we all do have daily opportunities of grace. Some of them may be too small to see, but the more we love God, the more we will see them and so in our ‘little ways’ we can do the work of God just as Therese did.And so today, Fr Paul invites us to pray ‘St Therese……pray for us!’