This website is devoted to the extraordinary mystics and visionaries of the Church, especially those who are lesser dreams Of War – My Infinite Kingdom – Ecstasies Over Dreaming Lady, such as St Gemma Galgani, Blessed Alexandrina da Costa, Sr Consolata Betrone, Therese Neumann, Rev. Pere Lamy, Gabrielle Bossis, Josefa Menendez, Marthe Robin, Servant of God Louise Lateau, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity, Sister Maria Antonia and others. When studying the lives of the Mystics of the Church, certain remarkable facts come to light. One of these would certainly be the extraordinary appearences of Saint Therese “the Little Flower” in the lives of the mystics.
In light of this St Therese, it seems, could perhaps be condidered a “Patroness of Mystics”. And then again, did she not write in her Autobiography– “I will spend my heaven doing good upon the earth. Servant of God, Brother Marcel Van C. Brother Marcel Van strongly desired to become a saint, but was frightened at the austere sacrifices that he thought were necessary to becoming one. One day, Van spread out on a table books on the lives of many Saints.
He said a prayer, asking God to guide him, promising that he would read whatever book his hand fell upon. Then, with his eyes closed, he put his hand down at random. The Story of a Soul” by Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. Marcel Van quickly looked over the book—one that he had never read before, but dismissed it as containing nothing unusual. Ah, by acting like this, you have broken your promise!
What is certain is that is that she resembles many thousands of other saints. Then I summarized her life in an amusing manner in these terms—‘Since her birth until her last breath she had many ecstasies, and performed a number of miracles. She fasted on bread and water only taking one meal a day. She spent the night in prayer and gave herself to discipline until she bled. After her holy death her body emitted a very pleasant fragrance and many extraordinary things happened at her tomb. Today I see clearly how rash these statements were without knowing anything about St.
I had dared to sketch out her life in such a summary manner. Oh my dear sister, you must necessarily be a Saint of great courage to put up with me and the foolish statements that I made about you! As promised, Van then began to read the book. I understood then that God is Love Like St Therese, I can sanctify myself through all my little acts A smile, a word or a look, provided that everything is done in love. From now on, sanctity will no longer frighten me. I had received therefore, that afternoon, a source of grace and happiness. I did not cease reading or rereading it, without ever getting weary of it.
There was nothing in this volume which did not conform to my thoughts, and what pleased me even more in the course of my reading was to see clearly the spiritual life of Therese was identical to mine. From now on, my Mother, guide me in my new way to teach me to love God perfectly, and to offer myself to Him in total confidence. Oh Jesus, my only and beloved master, you know that I love you and look only to respond to your wishes. You have aroused in my mind the desire to become a saint. You have used the hand of this little Saint to write for the use of souls, the sweet councils to which you have led her on her little way.
Soon afterwards, Van went on foot to a nearby hill to pray and read. Suddenly, in the silence, he was startled by a voice that was calling him. Van, Van, my dear little brother! But, no one was around him!
This first appearance of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus went on for quite sometime, and there were many other appearences of St Therese who became a “spiritual director” to Brother Van. So those interested should read “The Autobiography of Marcel Van” to read all of the intercessions of St Therese in the life of Br. However, before leaving Van on this first occasion, St. I love you because you are a soul who is a member of my friends of Love.
As for you my little brother, my only wish is to see accomplished the works that the divine Love desires so ardently for you. So, little brother, listen to me: from now on in your relations with our heavenly Father, do not fail to follow my advice. I immediately felt as if a gentle breeze was touching my face. And I was overcome by such a joy that I momentarily lost consciousness. Some of this sweet joy stays with me today, but I do not know what to compare it with exactly. From then on, St Therese became Van’s close companion and spiritual director, intimately guiding him in his spiritual life and his ascent towards God.