A major event occurred here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area between November 29th and December 2nd, 1999. The Relics [bones that remain from the human body] of St. Terese of Lisieux [France], commonly called The Little Flower, was here at Arlington between Dallas and Ft. Worth with huge crowds coming to view and to touch the covering of the beautiful reliquary containing her remains. Except for the few hours they were in the Arlington Convention Center [near Six Flags Over Texas] her relics were at the Carmelite convent in Arlington. With a special pass obtained at Mount Carmel Center, I saw and touched the reliquary at the convention center and tried the next day to see it at the convent but a very large crowd [in the misty rain] prevented me from even entering the building. It was an experience I will always cherish
Terese entered the convent in France at age 15 and died nine years later in 1897, near the time my father was born. She was canonized in 1925 when I was one year old. She is well known around the world for her writings during such a short lifetime.
Please understand that Catholics worship ONLY God --- but special homage is paid to those who lived commendable lives and have gone on ahead. In a way it is comparable to our decorating the graves of loved ones on special occasions and we feel their presence in a real sense.