Friday, July 7, 2006


Riding through the countrysides and towns of the American midwest, one gets the feeling that everything is young; even what is old and crumbling is under 100 years. Riding across the French plains and through its villages must strike a very different chord. Antiquity is the norm--antiquity juxtaposed to modern living.

WHO'S WHO IN LISIEUX? Today's stage of the Tour de France begins in Lisieux. Lisieux: already many generations old in 1887 when a 14-year old girl, taking the name Therese, took vows at its local convent. Though she would die at age 24, the now canonized Saint Therese of Lisieux would broaden and deepen the reflection of Jesus Christ through her life lived in this very village, walking these same streets--streets that will be packed with race fans caring only--for the moment--to get a glimpse of the brightly-colored cycle racers as the peloton flows by and on to another village.

Photo credit: PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images

Learn more about Saint Therese of Lisieux

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