Our RCIA director told us all to pick a Saint’s name for our upcoming confirmation.
At little back story on why the name had to be Therese. I grew up Anglican and my mother wanted to name me Therese or Theresa. My grandmother FLIPPED OUT about the name “because we’re not catholic”. To say that I have Irish Protestant heritage is an understatement. They weren’t just Irish Protestant, they marched in the Orangemen’s parade. I never did understand why she thought it was such a catholic name. I unofficially adopted the name for my Anglican confirmation.
So, now that I will be Catholic, I’m taking the name Therese.
I’ve chosen St. Therese de Lisieux
Why this St. Therese since I already knew the name had to be Therese?
Because of this quote:
“I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by.” which is exactly the sentiment I was trying to express when I met with Sr. Terese (RCIA director) when she asked me if I wanted to be a saint and I said no. She asked me why not and I said that it would be rather assuming of me to think that I might one day be a saint.
It’s also the one that Paula (my sponsor) told me to go read about 10 seconds after I told her the name had to be Therese. Although I read about all the St. Therese I could find.
Only a few more weeks!