How can the desire for holiness, to know and love God be encouraged among the young? How can faith be integrated in a child’s world of play and imagination? Well, there are many ways, but there is one unique way that caught my attention. Go to www.DollsfromHeaven.com and you will see the St. Therese doll. It is an 18 inch doll and book that introduces children to St. Therese. It is being developed by the Kiczeks, a Catholic, pro-life family, who are trying to work for the kingdom of God by bringing others closer to Jesus.
One of the most inspirational saints of the past 100 years has been this simple village girl with a great desire to serve God as a nun. Therese refused to accept the rejections of her superiors and went to the Vatican herself to petition the Pope himself! She caused such a ruckus that she was carried out of the papal audience by two guards – but received permission to enter the convent.
In the convent she wished to do great things for God, but knew that in a cloister great deeds are next to impossible to perform. She came to believe that there were ways for little, unseen people to achieve holiness. She wrote, “I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new.” Her death at the age of 24 from tuberculosis and the publication of her writings led to her canonization less than 25 years after her death. An accomplishment that speaks to her holiness and its resonance among the people.
The Kiczeks’ goal is to create dolls that will inspire children to become saints. Future dolls are planned for St. Francis, St. Bernadette, St. John Paul II, and many more. While sainthood is not guaranteed, I do know that any attempt to counteract Khadashian values should be applauded
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