A Special Saint

Source: denvercatholic.org

Simple, small steps took you

on an elevator ride to heaven.


I want to be a saint

echoed in your being,

as your prayer

a surge of the heart

was knit in pious conversations

with the One you loved

who embraced you

in agonizing trials and deep joy.


Each moment born in love

breathed the air of sanctity

for everything was grace to you.


Nature in its various moods

mirrored your soul

with torrents of rain

like your cascading tears,

or days of sunshine and blue skies

burning away those dismal clouds.


You saw Jesus

hidden in the depths of all souls

even the difficult “holy” one

who rubbed you the wrong way,

and charity was born again

as a smile lit your face.


With missionary zeal

you yearned to travel far,

but Carmel was the desert

where God wanted you to go.

That call drew you at tender fifteen

into a journey of spiritual heights

and darkening depths.


Fragile, faith-filled flower,

mystic, Doctor of the church,

St. Therese, the tiny petals of your words

wrap me in a perfumed peace,

“I will let fall a shower of roses.

I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.”



Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Peter Chouinard
    Posted at 07:36h, 09 November Reply

    “You saw Jesus
    hidden in the depths of all souls
    even the difficult “holy” one
    who rubbed you the wrong way,
    and charity was born again
    as a smile lit your face.”

    I like your poem very much. Especially the quote I inserted above this message. It spoke to me of someone I have needed to forgive and perhaps your words, like waves of gentle breezes washed over my hurt feelings.

    Blessings and thank you for sharing your gift!

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 09:42h, 09 November Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Tonis Kilp
    Posted at 14:00h, 09 November Reply

    Wow Viola you have outdone yourself this time what a beautiful poem, you certainly have been given the gift of language, may God bless you and your work, take care and all the best, tonis.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Jacqui Hubbard
    Posted at 16:45h, 09 November Reply

    So beautifully written. Such a depth of understanding of dear St. Theresa. Thank you, Viola

    • Lorella D'Cruz
      Posted at 20:16h, 21 February Reply

      I was reminded of the story about an older nun who made strange, clacking noises in chapel – the good lady was probably either toying with her rosary or was afflicted by ill-fitting dentures. Anyway, the clacking sound really got to Therese. She tried to shut her ears, but was unsuccessful. How did she respond? Apparently she made a concert out of the clacking and offered it as a prayer to Jesus. This was her “Little Way”.

  • Christine Domingo
    Posted at 19:01h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you, Viola ….beautiful! You know St. Theresa is one of my favourite saints.

  • Reeny O
    Posted at 11:35h, 12 November Reply

    Dearest Sister in Christ ~ your brother Robin shared your Poetry with SEEL
    The words of your poetry pierce my soul with Wisdom. The “Little flower” is showering the World with the perfume of Peace & forgiveness. Merci

  • Teresa Correia
    Posted at 17:11h, 12 November Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful!!!
    Thank you for sharing your Talent with the world.

  • Catherine Schwan
    Posted at 14:14h, 13 November Reply

    Such a beautiful poem about dear St. Therese! I felt so renewed and peaceful after reading it. Thank-you Viola!

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