The Dove and Rose – Reflections on Devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse

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The fourth edition of The Dove and Rose is a series of essay reflections designed to inflame your heart with love for Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux. Its purpose is to allow you to open your heart to their saintly, sisterly influence that they might lead you to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to perfect your consecration to Mary for the glory of Jesus Christ her Son. It is about going to Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!

I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.

I am married and the father of one child. Raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985.

Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to “seek first” Christ’s Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide. Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary’s maternal guidance and Thérèse’s sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc.

These reflections are designed to help those who also desire to seek that Kingdom in union with Mary and with those whom I like to call my “saintly sisters,” St. Joan and St. Thérèse.

~ Walter Adams

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