Here is today’s Gospel, from St Mark: ‘And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have anyone know it; yet he could not be hid. But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children first be fed, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” And he said to her, “For this saying you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home, and found the child lying in bed, and the demon gone’.

The audacity of the woman recalls the daring boldness of St Thérèse of Lisieux, who did not hesitate to persist in asking the Lord for what she needed, with boundless confidence. May St Thérèse pray for us, that we may have the courage and persistence of the Syrophoenician woman, trusting in the Lord’s love and kindness, which exceed all that we can ever know.

May God bless you this day.