About The Dove and Rose

Dove and Rose FB Banner December 2013

Welcome!

The Dove and Rose is my personal reflections blog dedicated to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. When St. Joan died at the stake, an English soldier saw a dove rise from the flames and fly toward free France. St. Thérèse promised to send a shower of roses from Heaven when she died. Thus, this site is named The Dove and Rose in their honor.

The Dove and Rose Mission

“Through total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the influence of the beautiful, combined spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux,  The Dove and Rose devotee seeks to grow in sanctifying grace and to restore the beauty and radiance of the Holy Catholic Church by a contemplative life of Eucharistic prayer which inflames the soul to live out an active, evangelical witness in thought, word, and deed in the world.”

I am an average lay Catholic with no position in the Church, no theological training, and very little personal influence. I cannot think of any good reason for you to want to follow me and, in fact, encourage you not to do so. However, I can think of many good reasons for you to follow St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. My site is here to encourage you to do just that.

These two magnificent saints transformed my life after my total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are both gifts from Our Lord Jesus Christ and His most Immaculate Mother Mary to inspire and guide me on what I like to call “The Trail of the Dogmatic Creed” of Roman Catholicism. This “trail” is nothing other than the dogmas and magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. St. Joan and St. Thérèse pulled me out of the “dark forest” of modern philosophies and spiritualities and into the sunlight on that trail.

Dove and Rose with siteI depend on them to lead me to the center of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where Jesus Christ is enthroned in all His glory. I strive to write only that which would be in accord with the teachings of Holy Mother Church. The Archdiocese of Chicago has approved my first two books for publication. The others have not yet been submitted for approval. However, I am a rebellious and difficult devotee, so if anything here does not meet the standards of authentic, traditional Catholic teaching, then I pray for correction and guidance. The Lord, Our Lady, and Sts. Joan and Thérèse are excellent teachers, but I am a poor student. Pray for me that I will stay true to the Trail and persevere to the end.

The Dove and Rose is also my author’s page. I have a handful of books that are essentially my spiritual journals describing my life experience walking the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with Sts. Joan and Thérèse. The menu at the top of this blog will take you through each book. I wrote each book with the objective of inspiring others to walk this same trail with these two saintly sisters and in total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “To Jesus through Mary in the friendship and sisterly care of Sts. Joan and Thérèse!”

Book collage

I hope you will look around. If you enjoy my postings, please subscribe. Also, I would be pleased if you joined me on Facebook at my author’s pen name site, S.T. Martin (which stands for “St. Thérèse Martin”) and The Dove and Rose Facebook page.

Thank you and God bless you. May Saint Joan and Saint Thérèse with the Blessed Virgin Mary pray for you always!

StM

“Be ye followers of me, brethren, and observe them who walk so as you have our model. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; Whose end is destruction; whose God is their belly; and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:17-21, Douay-Rheims)

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