Total number of pilgrims who have visited the relics of St Thérèse in England and Wales:
Manchester University Catholic Chaplaincy 2,000
Preston Carmel 2,000
York Minster 10,000
Kirk Edge Carmel (Sheffield) 3,000
Gerrards Cross 2,000
Kensington Carmelite Church 10,000
Notting Hill Carmel 3,500
Wormwood Scrubs 250
Westminster Cathedral 95,000
I was at Liverpool but I didn't see anyone counting. I wouldn't be surprised to learn there were more.
I can't remember how or when I first learned that there was to be a visit of the relics since little was made of it in my parish. I was, nevertheless, determined not to miss it having been a St Therese fan these many years. I first visited Lisieux twenty-five years ago with my fiancee and have returned many times with my wife. Is there a connection? Perhaps. Recently I looked inside my copy of St Therese's book and saw the date I had acquired it- 20th October 1982- exactly two years to the day before we were married.
Somewhere I read someone questioning the veneration of St. Therese's relics. Perhaps what is too easily forgotten is that in the saints the image of Christ is reflected anew in each generation. I like particularly the fact that St Therese was not only "of the Child Jesus" but also "of the Holy Face". May we, too, with unveiled faces, reflect like mirrors the brightness of the Lord!