The Diocese of Cubao welcomed the pilgrim relics of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus last February 12, at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Cubao. A welcome liturgy was led by the Rector and Parish Priest of the Cathedral, Reverend Father Aris Sison.
From the Cathedral, the relics were brought to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Broadway Quezon City, the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Brixton Hills, the Santa Maria della Strada Parish, the Santa Teresita del Niño Jesus Parish in Mayon, and the Saint Joseph the Worker parish in Balintawak.
Last February 14th, the relics were brought to the Lung Center of the Philippines. The Little Flower, St. Therese, died in 1897 at the age of 24 following a slow and painful fight against tuberculosis. It was a lovely day that she spent her Valentines’ Day at the Lung Center where she has to work wonders for patients who experience the same pain as hers and for those who devout their lives in the service of patients battling with lung illnesses.
“To welcome the relics of Saint Thérèse is to welcome the saint herself,” according to the primer on St. Therese's visit. “In the presence of and contact with her mortal remains, God, who had received from her so many acts of love when she was alive here on Earth, is pleased to manifest His love through the remains of her humanity.”
This is the fourth time that the pilgrim relics of the Little Flower of Lisieux has visited the Philippines.