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“If you only knew the gift of God…”

If you only knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10).  These were Jesus’ words to the woman at the well and also the words that echoed in my own heart as I knelt before the miraculous image of the Face of Jesus, Il Volto Santo, at the Shrine in Manoppello, Italy, several years ago.  Like the woman at the well, I encountered there the Face of Mercy. “If you only knew the gift of God…”

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St. Therese and her family were some of the first to become members of the Confraternity of the Holy Face.

Here's and interesting note:

In 1885, a French father and his four daughters were among the first to join the Confraternity. The father's name was Mr. Louis Martin (now a Saint.) One of his daughters was name Marie Therese Martin, who came to be Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face.

Thus, even before Saint Therese entered the Carmelite convent, she was already a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Face. This probably explains why she chose the Holy Face of Jesus as part of her name, and also why she composed prayers in reparation to the Holy Face. It is said that the names of the Martin family can still be seen in the Confraternity entry-book.

"By my Holy face you will work miracles."

                                            -Promise of Our Lord, 1845